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Over 60 . . . And Getting Younger: November 28, 2013

Far Away Friends

We have our Far Away Friends, Paula and Larry. They don’t live in Bulgaria or Nigeria or even Australia. No, they live in Rockland County, New York. My beautiful wife Lorraine and I meet Paula and Larry on weekends, either Saturday or Sunday, on the TKTS line at 47th Street and 7th Avenue.

While we are on line, waiting to get to the ticket booth, we discuss which show we want to see. When we reach the front of the ticket sales booth, we call out a show and that is it. So far, we have only chosen great dramas or musicals.

Last weekend, we were in line to buy tickets and Paula called out, “How about A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder?”

What? None of us knew anything about the play. Let’s try it. We bought tickets.

Since it was early, we looked directly across the street from the TKTS line and saw The Olive Garden restaurant on 47th Street and the show was conveniently located on 48th Street. We popped in and were directed to the second floor, seated next to huge windows overlooking Broadway. This was a show in itself, as we ate our delicious Italian fare. The servers were extremely courteous and it was truly a pleasant and tasty meal.

After the Italian desserts, we walked over to the Walter Kerr Theater. None of us had any idea what we were about to see. The play was great! It seemed to be a takeoff on the Alec Guinness film, Kind Hearts and Coronets.

As seen in the film and play, the lead actor dies eight times, as he plays each member of a royal family in line to a dukedom. It was a witty concept of a poor man surviving eight royals to become the Duke. Each killing was more humorous than the one before and each character was depicted in a comical and unusual manner. Jefferson Mays, the lead, was great as a quick change artist who, like Guinness, played all eight non-survivors. The lyrics were so imaginative and clever, that one could hardly wait for the next murder to happen.

It was a serendipitous choice of plays. We were all in such a hilarious mood as we left the theater. I highly recommend the play. Remember the long title, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Fun, fun, fun.

Lorraine and I and our Far Away Friends are looking forward to again standing on the TKTS line and choosing a great play.