Sunday, August 14, 2011

War Horse and NYC Characters


Yesterday I was in New York City, where I saw the play War Horse at Lincoln Center. From the moment I saw the amazing puppet for the horse Joey (above) on TV at the Tony's, I knew I had to see this play. It takes three people to operate the puppet. One person for the head, another for the 'heart', and a third for the 'hind'. I did a doodle which shows how it works. Sorta.

While I felt that the play wasn't as emotionally satisfying as I was expecting (all the hype about people crying and such might have made me put too many expectations in it but... alas), I still really enjoyed the spectacle. The horses stole the show anyway. I also loved the music, which was made up of a lot of beautiful English folk music, which I'm a massive sucker for. Anyway, I definitely recommend seeing it if you get the chance. Or if you can't see the play, check out the movie version coming out around Christmas... it's directed by Steven Spielberg and John Williams is doing the music. Can't get much better than that, am I right?? 

I also love people watching in New York. There are so many different characters. I love thinking about how each person I see has their own life that's just as important to them as mine is to me, and even though I will never see them again, they will go on doing what they do. Here are a few of the people that I saw:
There was a guy playing a steel drum in the subway, and this homeless-looking man rolled up to him and pulled out his trumpet. He was trying to figure out what key the steel drum was in. Then he got on the subway car that we were in, and when a mariachi band came onboard at the next stop and started playing (which was really random, and really amusing), he once again pulled out his trumpet and played a few notes (not very well). When the train stopped, he followed them out of the car, and as we pulled away I saw that he was talking to the mariachi band... so yeah. That's that guy.
This guy was on the same subway car as the mariachi band/homeless trumpet guy. At first I noticed him because I thought he was looking at me, but then again when you're wearing sunglasses you could really be looking at anybody. He was amusing because he looked like a mix between a hipster and a brah, and it confused me.
I saw this woman while walking in Manhattan. She was wearing a shirt that I'm pretty sure was intended to be worn with some sort of pants. Just sayin'.
This woman was in the theatre at Lincoln Center. Her weird, fancy onesie needed more of a back. And when she sat down, her spine stuck out like a dinosaur's. Creepy.
When I saw these two, I wondered who they were, and how they met, if they had planned on wearing similar outfits or it just sort of happened, and where they were going in such a hurry.

Anyway, those are just a few of many fun people I saw. Good times! I miss the city... can't wait to go back! My brother lives in Astoria, Queens, and it was fun to visit him too.

Less than a week til 'Cuse, kids!! Senior year!!!! Ah!!

-Anna

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