Flew into NYC yesterday and met my sisters for a matinee performance of Clybourne Park.
Brilliant, simply brilliant. With a limited run, if you happen to be in NYC the next few months, I highly recommend it. It reminds me of why I love theatre, why theatre can do what only live performances can do and move you in so many ways. I was laughing hysterically one minute and near sobs the next.
My one sister, the usual “crier” in our family, looked at me incredulously at the end of Act I and asked, “Are you crying?” I couldn’t talk, as it would have made me cry big, boo-hoo out-loud sounds and further embarass myself. The grief from the last scene was so palpable. It was that good. I won’t say anymore as I don’t want to provide a spoiler.
Suffice it to say, it made me miss theatre both performing and attending, which I haven’t been so good about back home in Raleigh. With red eyes and all, spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the lower east side and saw some lovely design stores (forgot the camera…duh) and ended the day with a delicious Italian dinner. Yum.
Today I explored what continues to be my favorite addition to the cityscape, the High Line.
When I was here two years ago it was not completed. It now runs from Ganesvoort in the Meatpacking District up to West 30th street, a nice distance with many wonderful things along the way and plans for even further expansion. The architecture varies from the old and rusty to modern and enviable rooftop gardens that overlook the park.
Met my sisters for a tour of Chelsea galleries.
Some of it was as pretentious as I remember two years ago and some was refreshing and more interesting. A felt artist was intriguing with her “floor” installation.
Enjoyed the gardens and houses of Chelsea on way to subway.
My niece, who lives in Brooklyn, took us on a mini-tour of the Dumbo area, including a little chocolate break here, before exploring Modern Anthology, one of the inspiration stores on my list.
Down the street, discovered this store dedicated to mid-century Danish furniture.
Tonight dinner in the Meatpacking District here and tomorrow exploring the design area in NOHO.