New York

Monday, December 20th, 2010 | Performance, Travel

I’m in New York, though the 28th. New York, New York. With Big Chrissy. It is cold. Like, how do people survive outside a Mediterranean climate? It’s like another planet here. So far we’ve seen Laura Linney and Christina Ricci (in her broadway debut!) in Time Stands Still, and Paul Reubens’ The Pee Wee Herman Show with most of the original cast. Pee Wee started the show by asking us all to stand and face the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The production is a distillation of his 80s Saturday morning TV show, with a few added references to his penal experience. What a fantastic show. I remember when I was a kid, trying so hard to get into Sesame Street, desperately analyzing Zoom! for the slightest hint of something that spoke to me and my experience… but it wasn’t until my first years of college and Pee Wee’s Playhouse that I finally found the show that I longed for as a child. There’s no disjunction between childhood and adulthood, adolescence is conveniently set aside. Miss Yvonne is still the most beautiful woman in Puppetland, and Jambi finally got hands to do what he’d been wanting to do all those years.

Tomorrow it’s the Guggenheim, then Jess, Joe Brainard, and John O’Reilly at Tibor de Nagy. Stay tuned…

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