A Pair of Aces
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - CHAPTER 1: IN WHICH A FULL HOUSE IS DEALT
A couple of weeks ago we read with great interest an article in USA Today about a show opening on Broadway. New productions debut on a regular basis in the New York theater community, but rarely do these events occasion coverage in mainstream media. What propelled the news of The Gin Game's opening into the wider world was the identity of its stars: James Earl Jones, age 84, and Cicely Tyson, 90, two acting legends whose combined collection of awards would fill a room or two.
The opportunity to see these two theater icons on the same stage was all the encouragement we needed to start thinking about a short trip to New York. When we realized we hadn't spent any time in the city—just the two of us—in more than six years, the decision was obvious. Soon we had a plan: eight days in the Big Apple to take in some theater, which we hoped would include the play that inspired the trip, a bit of urban letterboxing, and checking out some sights we haven't seen in previous trips.
Delta was happy to provide transport—for a slightly more than nominal fee—and deposited us at Laguardia around noon today. As we've managed to do on a couple of other occasions this year, we again arrived in the downtown area of a major city on a day riddled with waves of street closings for the annual marathon. Coming off the Queensboro bridge into Manhattan, we had a great marathon vantage point as we crossed over 1st Avenue.
|More than 50,000 ran through the five boroughs today.|
If high expectations bring a certain degree of risk along with them, we had set ourselves up for a possible free fall as we entered the full theater. It should come as no surprise that Ms. Tyson and Mr. Jones did not disappoint. And it certainly was not because of the material they were given. Though it won a Pulitzer Prize during what critics have called a very lean year of theater, The Gin Game isn't much of a play. It depicts a series of interactions and a developing relationship between two lonely residents of a run-down nursing home, as he teaches her to play gin rummy and proves unable to win a game against her.
|(Photo by thebroadwayblog.com)|
Tomorrow we'll head down to Battery Park at Manhattan's southern tip and move north as we work our way through the list of letterboxes and sights on our list.
SUNDAY, 1 NOVEMBER 2015