Thursday, July 16, 2009

Rick's Roadshow: New York, NY in July

Last night I had the opportunity to see the Broadway play “The Norman Conquests”, a British comedy written by Alan Ayckbourn and directed by Matthew Warchus. The play stars actors Amelia Bullmore, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan, Ben Miles, Paul Ritter and Amanda Root, none of whom I'd previously had the opportunity to see perform on stage. The Norman Conquests is generally about the title character Norman and his somewhat chaotic attempts to seek love and happiness with a variety of women in his immediate life: his own wife, his sister-in-law, brother-in-law's wife. Throughout the play, the six actors represent a family who are together over the course of two days and spend loads of time arguing, living eating talking and generally misunderstanding each other. The play is performed in the round, which provides the audience with a very intimate feeling, almost drawn into the story. Theatres in the round can be very exciting, because the audience reactions are somewhat part of the event. In this case, the audience was laughing wildly throughout the play, no doubt portions of the play resonated with people's own families in some manner. I was quite tired from having had little to no sleep the prior night (From that Harry Potter midnight showing). I'm glad I was able to catch a show while in NY and enjoy another exciting evening in the city so nice, they named it twice: New York, New York! The photo inset above is from Rockefeller Center, the entrance to the GE Building where NBS studios are housed. In the distance you can see Radio City Music Hall.
Just a few other random photos:

above: of course NY has loads of fabulous architecture. While walking through Rockefeller Center I snapped this photo of one of the buildings. I love the art detail and the clock on the side of the building. Click it to see the detail.

above: I just liked the angel of this photo, showing the gold statue in Rockefeller Center Plaza. In the winter this is the famous skating rink.
Well that's all I'm afraid. Remember, this is a business trip so not much time for photos. Hope you enjoyed today's installment of Rick's Roadshow.
-Rick Rockhill


Desert Songbird said...

Ironically, I've been to NY once and only once, and it was in July, and I have very similar photos because I was taking a bus tour and had little time in lots of places. I have a similar Radio City Music Hall photo, and I have the same Rockefeller Center photo!

lime said...

sounds like an interesting show. i've never had the chance to see a theater in the round production but i'd love to sometime.

Kathy said...

The plot of THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, reminds me a little of the film LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS, which is about family relationships and quite funny.

kenju said...

You're having a good time; I can see that. I love NYC in any month that doesn't have snow and ice!!

Diane J Standiford said...

I left my heart in New York City, with a bag of dreams.

© Karelian Blonde said...

Sounds very good and Stephen Mangan is one of my favourite actors at the moment. Thank you for sharing :)


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