Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Marie Antoinette at Woolly Mammoth Theater

Those who are looking for adventurous, modern theater, can find that and more at Woolly Mammoth in Washington, DC. 
Woolly's current production of Marie Antoinette stretches one's expectations with non-traditional casting, modern garb, a sheep in wolf's clothing, and a loose interpretation of history.
 Audience participation includes posing in a guillotine, and  playing beanbag toss with decapitated Barbies and Kens. I would have enjoyed a slice of cake, instead!!

Your theater friend,

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Betty's in York, England

Tea Time at Betty's
 There is only one destination to remember when taking tea in York, England: Betty's. A bustling business, Betty's also serves up the finest Eton Mess that you will ever find.

An Iced Tea and an Eton Mess

York is the source of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde: An actual York doctor was suspected of murdering by night, and healing by day. I wonder if Dr. Jekyll ever ate at Betty's?

Yorkminster Cathedral, York, England

The Shambles in York, A Narrow Lane

A ceiling in Yorkminster
A Chapel in Yorkminster, the huge cathedral in York, England

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Alexandria Freedmen's Cemetery Memorial

When the Woodrow Wilson Bridge over the Potomac River was expanded, an old office building and a Mobil station were demolished and excavated. Surprisingly,  a cemetary lay beneath, abandoned before 1900. Freed slaves and people of color were buried there after the civil war. Many were children who died in the first seven days of life. 
The dead are now honored properly with a lovely sculpture and the names of the dead, their cause of death, and age of death, which were gleaned from old city records. 
This memorial is at the corner of South Washington Street and Green Street, in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia.