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Daryl Roth Theater: Manhattan

Can you see what I saw? The still water in the bottom of the sink? The ragged and warped edge of backsplash meeting countertop? The peeling paint? Okay, so the ladies room was gross, but the show which my son took me to see "Fuerza Bruta"- Brute Force- was unlike anything I have experienced. So I will quote their promo: " floods the senses with a nonstop collision of dynamic music, visceral emotion, and kinetic aerial imagery. And best of all, you are at the center of the action" for 70 amazing minutes.

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Paris Theater: Manhattan

I call these sinks with pink bladders. Saw "The Artist".  Wonderful cast and magically filmed. Just slightly too long for me. Should definitely be seen.

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Haru Sushi: New York

Those Japanese are so tasteful. Everything about our meal was lovely, unusual for a chain restaurant.  The torrential rain meant that we arrived on the soaked side of damp- especially my daughter who insists on wearing birkenstock sandals even in late December. Some warm sake and hot tea and an excellent assortment of sushi and other delights soon had us warm and smiling. It was off to Grand Central for my son and daughter-in-law and to see Follies for my daughter and I. Don't miss this production.  It is visually and emotionally strong, has that show stopper song "I'm Still Here" and an all around stellar cast led by Bernadette Peters who did not disappoint for one second.

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Private Home: Lyme, CT

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So cute. No surprise this bathroom belongs to a decorator. At her home for a reading of Noel Cowrad's Private Lives by a group of friends who have been gathering bi-monthly for 10 years for play readings followed by dinner. Whoever hosts the evening chooses and casts the play, someone else brings the dinner. Excited to be a new member of the group. Sorry for the fellow who had to pass on to make room for me.

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Madison Art Cinemas: Madison, CT

The space in this ladies room  gets so crowded that the automatic paper towel dispensers keep being set off by people waiting in line and spitting out towels with no one there to use them. Makes the wait amusing and gets us talking and bonding. This chest sits in one of the two stalls and is totally out of sync with the 'decor" (which is lacking), as well as being useless (notice my purple purse on the floor in the right corner). Saw The Descendents and was underwhelmed except by Clooney's performance. Yes I have, and have had for a long time, a crush on him though I imagine it is unwarrented except for his acting talent and fabulous looks.

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Mikado: Middletown, CT

Had an hour at home to collect my daughter and her friend and head out towards Hartford where we had tickets to see The Mother Fucker With the Hat at Theaterworks. Guess mother's shouldn't be taking their children, even 26 year old ones, to things with nudity and FOUL language. Okay play with some thought provoking themes, but mainly it was interesting to see what a mostly white, mostly affluent audience will laugh at these days. Had not been to this restaurant in years. It has been totally redone and is now lovely inside and still has a vast and decent sushi menu. Delicate artwork abounded, even in the ladie's room.

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Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center: Old Saybrook, CT

I'm sorry the photo doesn't show the texture of the stall door. It is rather like a smaller version of those raised circles you see on funky linoleum floors. I was at The Kate, as we call this gem of an arts center, for a performance by J Geils with Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood. Should have been billed the other way around as Giles only played 3 songs. (Also strange that all the guys in Texas Food are from CT.) It looked like a Saturday Night Live skit with Giles dressed like he just came off his yacht, minus the ascot, and Pitchell like he just left his barcalounger. But the music was some of the best blues and rock and roll I have heard since the 60's.

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LARK Play Development Center: New York

Despite the sign,the restroom is not under construction,just the plays which get readings here are.This is the kind of place that a city like New York offers to new playwrights like my friend Bonnie who has written one called "Whoops...I Forgot to Have Kids".She has been working on the script for about 7 years and has rewritten it several times.After this reading,it may be in for another transformation,including a new title.What an incredible gift to a playwright to hear professionals read their words and workshop it aftrerwards.How lucky was I to be asked to participate?

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Brooks Atkins Theater: New York

Waitied until just before curtain time to use the ladies room.Kind of strange that it was being mopped up during a performance, but you have to admire the thought.Saw Relatively Speaking which was fun enough,but probably not worth what a broadway ticket costs these days.Liked the Ethan Coen play best.Thought Marlo Thomas was terrific in the Elaine May play.Woody Allen had some funny stand up kind of one liners,but the play was uninspired.No surprises there.

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Courthouse Center for the Arts: South Kingstown, RI

My friend Richard recently became the director of this little gem of an arts center and for his first big event he staged an elaborate reading of Pippin.I couldn't make the dressy fundraiser on Saturday night due to the October snow storm, but wnet for the closing Sunday matinee.It was as magical as all the vases of roses which seemed to adorn any available surface, including the sink in the restroom.

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