Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00
Last Saturday, beautiful Lorraine and I went into Manhattan to see a double header. No, not two baseball games or two movies; we went in intent on seeing two plays, on or off Broadway.
Thanks to the Long Island Rail Road and getting a parking spot at the Hicksville station, we made the 11:53 a.m. train to Penn Station. After the train, we stood on a huge taxi line, but it moved quickly, so we jumped into a cab to speed us to 54 East 59th Street. The play we wanted to see was Harrison, Texas, or three plays by Horton Foote.
We have seen some of Foote’s other plays such as Dividing the Estate and The Trip to Bountiful with Geraldine Page. This production is a trilogy. The first play, Blind Date, is the story of an uncooperative, surly girl who goes on a date with a boy she dislikes. It is both funny and poignant. The second play, The One-Armed Man, takes place in Harrison, Texas in 1928. A man who was injured by a cotton gin wants justice from the company boss. The third play, The Midnight Caller, takes place in a boarding house for women. All four residents are shocked and a bit pleased when the owner rents to a handsome man. Each woman reacts differently.
Horton Foote is a master of understatement. He portrays ordinary events with much feeling and tenderness.
After the theater, we had supper at The Fig and The Olive. It was average-priced for New York City. The next show was off-Broadway. The York Theater Company performs in St. Paul’s Church on 53rd Street. The play was Maltby and Shire’s Closer Than Ever. During the play David Shire, who supplied the music, sat down next to me and we discussed partnership while writing a musical. He lives in Piermont, NY and is extremely talented.
The lyricist Richard Maltby Jr. has won many awards for his body of work. There were 24 songs in the show, and I did not know any of them. Yet, the lyrics of each song had such depth, meaning and cleverness I was reminded of the brilliant Cole Porter, as well as Gilbert and Sullivan.
It was a lovely, exhausting day and we looked forward to seeing the Hicksville station on our way home.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00
During its April and May meetings, the Birchwood Civic Association welcomed Board of Education members and candidates from the Syosset School District, as well as Board of Education members and administrators from the Jericho School District to discuss budget proposals and issues facing the districts. The BCA voted to endorse both the Syosset and Jericho budgets, as well as the Jericho Library budget, acknowledging that all made a strong effort to retain programs while staying below the state tax levy cap. In addition, the BCA voted in support of Jericho's Proposition 2 regarding the establishment of a capital reserve fund. The Syosset Library budget was not reviewed.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Susan Parker, a resident of Syosset for 24 years, is running for a trustee seat on the Syosset Board of Education.
A mother of three and employee of the Syosset Fire District for the past seven years, Parker has been an active PTA member for the past 21 years on a local and county level. Parker received her BS from SUNY Binghampton and her MBA from Boston University. Parker says she has two “gainfully employed” graduates of the school district, and a son currently attending Syosset High School.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
The Syosset Braves varsity boys lacrosse team (7-1) were victorious over the Plainview JFK Hawks (5-3) last Friday afternoon, 12-5 in Conference I play. The Braves are the number two seed going into the playoffs, and the Hawks are the number six seed.
Ending the first two periods with a 6-2 lead, the Braves’ defense reduced Plainview’s potential comeback to only one goal, while Syosset scored four.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Monmouth University sophomore Ashley Sandler of Jericho was named Northeast Conference tennis co-player of the week in April. The Syosset High School grad earned her second career league honor after posting a 4-0 record, including a 3-0 NEC mark, in a week that saw the Blue and White go 3-1.
Sandler did not drop a game in rolling to a 6-0, 6-0 win over La Salle’s Allison Amrein then stopped Wagner’s Rachel Jurgielewicz, 6-0, 6-4. Sandler edged the Mount’s Renee Deane in a marathon three-set affair, winning 6-2, 3-6, 13-11 and ended her week with another 6-0, 6-0 victory, this time over St. Francis’(Brooklyn) Akuila Edwards.