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Suzanne F

Member Since 17 Jan 2005
Offline Last Active May 13 2019 02:57 PM

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Kitchen gadgets

08 May 2018 - 03:27 PM



I do like the quote: “To the woman who has just acquired an electric blender, the whole world looks like soup.”

NYC Brisket King competition 2018

03 May 2018 - 10:09 PM

Was won by . . . a Canadian!  (From the resurrected Gothamist)


And the second-place winner came from Devon, England.

Travesties by Tom Stoppard

15 April 2018 - 04:28 AM

At the American Airlines Theater, produced by Roundabout. The production came from The Menier Chocolate Factory in London. The actors are a mix of Brits and Americans; several of the Americans had a bit of trouble keeping up their accents (Russian that did not sound like any Russians I know; Romanian/French that sounded like I don't know what). But that's a quibble.


Lenin and his wife Nadya, James Joyce, Tristan Tzara, Gwendolyn Fairfax, Cecily Cardew, Henry Carr, Bennett the, um, butler. Zurich, 1917. Or perhaps not.


This is the fifth or sixth time we've seen the play. First time was a matinee, the second performance, the day after it first opened in London. Most have been very good to excellent; one had a very unfortunate directorial touch that ruined the production for us. This one is excellent; additions fit and work to advance the plot, such as it is, and the ideas, which are many and brilliant: What is art? Who is an artist? Should socialism win? Eating as usual, Algy?


Runs through June 26.

The Metromaniacs by David Ives

14 April 2018 - 03:51 AM

Produced by Red Bull Theater (whose production of The Government Inspector we greatly enjoyed a few months ago) at The Duke, on 42nd Street.


This is another of David Ives's "translaptations" of a French play, this one from 1738. In verse, about verse. Basically a French version of commedia dell'arte: young lovers, warring fathers, cunning servants, mistaken identities. This one has mistaken identities on steroids. Not for purists who object to contemporary 21st-century references in their 18th-century plays. David Ives is absolutely brilliant, and we just about busted a gut laughing at both very broad and pretty subtle jokes.


Runs through May 26. See it.

Micromanage my life: what to wear to a gala

13 April 2018 - 04:53 PM

I will be attending a gala honoring a former boss from many years ago. Takes place on a Monday night in mid-May; 6:30 cocktails, 7:30 performances (by Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, and Ailyn Pérez) and dinner. "Festive attire."


I haven't been to anything like this since 1982. And I no longer own the dress I wore to that. I have a sparkly black "cocktail suit" and black patent flats, which I wore to an evening wedding a couple of years ago. Will those be "festive" enough?


Also: is it better to break out the diamonds, or will garnets do?