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Review: Boy & Bird

Interesting name isn’t it? ‘Boy & Bird?’ Owned and operated by Mike Van de Elzen, ‘The Food Truck’ guy & Marie Colosimo. This red-and white decor has a young, American-diner style influence with matching teatowels, as napkins. After enquiring about the wait time at 6pm: every table was occupied with small children and accompanying family – it would be approx 15mins. Apparently you can book tables here – great, now I know. We were offered a table outside under a roof heater, which was pleasant while pondering the menu/s. The wait staff were exceptional: very articulate and communicative. Wine by the glass was reasonable, around $12-$13 for a good drop. Offered complimentary chicken-flavoured popcorn which was tasty, at $4. Mains were inexpensive from $10 for a quarter chicken, to $16 Caesar salad. I had the Quarter box with chunkies (fries) and slaw with a small jug of gravy for $15! Yummo! Also, a glass of Spanish red wine and a deconstructed cheesecake – with almond crumbles & citrus for afters. Pleasantly satisfied. Menu also includes non-chicken fare too, like gnocchi or schnitzel. Good addition to Ponsonby Rd, just by Prego or the top of Franklin Road. Go people.


Philip Seymour Hoffman, 1967-2014

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, 1967-2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the most talented stage and screen actors of his generation, was found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment today, at the age of 46.

Update: The lights of Broadway will dim at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5th in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Labyrinth Theater will hold a community prayer and candlelight vigil Wednesday, February 5th at 6:30pm in the courtyard of the Bank Street Theater (located at 155 Bank Street). The prayer will be lead by Labyrinth Company member Fr. Jim Martin.
The cause of death is apparently a drug overdose: The Daily News reports that “Hoffman was found alone with a needle in his arm in the bathroom of his apartment.”
Although known nationally as a movie actor — he won an Oscar for his starring role in “Capote” in 2005 — he was active in New York theater. He appeared on…

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Betrayal with Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall: Photographs

One of my favourite ‘Pinter’ plays.

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Here are the production photographs of Daniel Craig, (his real-life wife) Rachel Weisz, and Rafe Spall starring on Broadway in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, a tale of adultery that goes backward in time, directed by Mike Nichols.  Opening night is Sunday, October 27 at the Barrymore Theater, and the play is set to run through January 5, 2014.

TRAYAL originally premiered at London’s National Theatre in 1978.

Click on any photograph to see it enlarged.

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“It Is Here” by Harold Pinter

It Is Here
(for A)

What sound was that?

I turn away, into the shaking room.

What was that sound that came on in the dark?
What is this maze of life it leaves us in?
What is this stance we take,
to turn away, and then turn back?
What did we hear?

It was the breath we took when we first met.

It is here.

~ Harold Pinter

David Bowie is so very, very popular at the V&A (****)

I wish I could attend! Thanks for the review Chris:)

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The cultural icon that is David Bowie gets his first retrospective exhibition at the V&A. Overwhelmingly populist, it’s (unsurprisingly) outsold every other exhibition the V&A has ever put on, and has been timed well to coincide with the man’s latest album, but there is more to this than just another publicity exercise.

It’s rather fortuitously timed, this David Bowie retrospective, with his new album just being released. But whether this is all part of some well-oiled PR drive is just conjecture: the V&A’s retrospective has little connection with the man himself, apart from being given access to his archive of costumes, instruments and other paraphernelia, and it seems he hasn’t even attended yet. It’s also, to be honest, quite irrelevant: Bowie’s iconic status, obsession with costume and set design and striking imagery are well worth analysis, and this exhibition delivers much-needed insight into the factors that have made him such…

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Director Peter Brook turns 88

“I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across this empty space whilst someone is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged.” – Peter Brooks, The Empty Space.

Happy Birthday Peter Brook, the man that turned theatre on it’s head: broke every rule, directed actors with minimal set, and who let’s the audience (imagination) come to their own conclusions. My hero, who believes in simplicity and truth. Brook’s work spans 8 decades and is one of the most influential (and my favourite) stage director’s alive. He has travelled the world to find stories that belong on the stage, stating that theatre is always evolving. His last work was called ‘The Suit’ by Can Themba, a story of adultery and revenge based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Brook’s advice is to “Never ask yourself what you have learned…only ask yourself what are the circumstances which are different from last year.” Bravo. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world.

How to Be Happy – By Stephen Fry

Thoughts on Theatre


“Certainly the most destructive vice if you like, that a person can have. More than pride, which is supposedly the number one of the cardinal sins – is self pity. Self pity is the worst possible emotion anyone can have. And the most destructive. It is, to slightly paraphrase what Wilde said about hatred, and I think actually hatred’s a subset of self pity and not the other way around – ‘It destroys everything around it, except itself .’

Self pity will destroy relationships, it’ll destroy anything that’s good, it will fulfill all the prophecies it makes and leave only itself. And it’s so simple to imagine that one is hard done by, and that things are unfair, and that one is underappreciated, and that if only one had had a chance at this, only one had had a chance at that, things would have gone better, you would be…

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