I went to see the play Phoenix at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York on its second night of previews. It’s a charming little theatre tucked away on a tree-lined cul-de-sac. At first it seemed as if the interaction between Julia Stiles and James Wirt was awkward but really that is the underlying them of the play –- how awkward the characters are with each other. The two characters have a one-night stand; don’t speak for a month, and then Stiles character Sue invites James (character) out to tell him she cannot see him again. And, oh, by the way — she’s pregnant. The rest of the story revolves around the fears of two people who do not know each other very well, how they cope with their situation and what comes next. At the end of the play they make proper introductions including last names. Sue gives James her telephone number (she only had his) and they decide to go bowling. It is a dark tale with moments of humor. It wasn’t Cabaret amazing but the acting was good, its not too long and it’s an affordable ticket. I’m glad I went.
Recently, I also went to the Metropolitan Museum with a friend to check out the Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit. It was a fascinating exhibit. The gowns were exquisite. Each gown had its own interactive screen that showed all the different parts of the dress. It included materials used, how a bustle is made, and how all of the one-dimensional geometric shapes of fabric become a beautiful work of art.
Next we went to the photography exhibit of work by Garry Winogrand, who photographed people in New York as well as everyday life in America from 1950 to the early 1980s. There were a lot of candid black and whites from galas, beaches and on the street. Then we checked out the exhibit –Now You See It: Photography and Concealment. It’s a small black and white exhibit in an area with other photography; it’s worth a peek.
Unique by Design Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection, was the final exhibit we stopped at. It is a small exhibit based on 1960s counterculture. It wasn’t my cup of tea, but if you enjoy that era—check it out before it disappears in the end of August. We ended our afternoon at the museum by wandering around some of the main collection to look at some of our favorite pieces by Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec and others.
One of the great things about the Met museum is having Central Park as a backdrop. In front of the museum there are street food vendors. A few streets over, there are numerous restaurants, stores and delis. We picked up food and had a lovely alfresco dinner in Central Park. Great way to spend a summer day in New York.