Welcome to the Friday 5ive, a weekly post featuring five things that caught my attention this week.
1) The weather has been so crazy once again. On Monday, the temperature was 72 degrees and it was strange to see ice skaters at Rockefeller Center skating when it was so warm out. I'm sure there were people wearing shorts and t-shirts out there.
2) Times Square always has something interesting to look at (besides the Naked Cowboy), and now they have three huge globe displays, featuring the Broadway shows Aladdin, The Lion King, and Wicked.
3) I saw Six, the Broadway musical about the six wives of Henry VIII. It was so cleverly done, each of the six wives sang a song about their lives and why they had it the toughest out of the six, set in a rock concert setting. (It's hard to beat Anne Boelyn and Katherine Howard, the two wives who were beheaded.) Each actress had an amazing singing voice, it was hard to choose who was the best. The small female band consisted of a keyboard player, guitarist, bassist, and drummer in keeping with the Girl Power theme of the show. The songs were fantastic too, and you can bet that people will be searching for more information on these ladies when they get home. I did enjoy the two page spread in the Playbill titled A Little Bit of Her-Story that gave us a brief sketch of each of the wives. Go see this one for fun, music, and a little bit of history that you can throw out at your next party to impress your friends.
4) I binged all ten episodes of Bad Sisters on Apple TV+ this week. The Irish series follows the Garvey sisters who, in a desperate move to save their sister Grace from her horrific husband John Paul, attempt to kill him. The series moves back and forth in time, starting with JP's funeral, and we see why each of the sisters had their own reason to want him dead. (John Paul may be the most despicable character on all of TV.) Throw in two brothers (the owners of the insurance agency where JP had a life insurance policy) who suspect foul play and have their own reasons for wanting to find out exactly how JP died. Sharon Horgan, who created and starred in Amazon Prime's series Catastrophe (which I loved), plays the oldest sister Eva who raised her sisters after their parents died in an accident, and she is fabulous as always. All of the performances are excellent. I actually had my hands over my mouth in the last episode when we find out how JP died. I did guess one twist, but the end shocked me. This one lives up to the hype.
5) I read Laurie Notaro's humorous memoir Excuse Me While I Disappear- Tales of Midlife Mayhem. Notaro never fails to make me laugh, and this book hits particularly close to home for anyone in the 50s and 60s. Her tales of trying to figure out how to cast her favorite show (Escape to the Chateau) from her phone to her TV without flying in her nephew from Phoenix to do it, keeping track of all of the pills she takes for "sore eyes, dry eyes, dry mouth, rubber-band knees, achy toes, low blood pressure, high blood pressure", and all of the post-menopausal women who can't sleep and are on Facebook at 3am exchanging recipes, painting their toenails, and posting pictures of puppies that are not theirs, had me laughing out loud, sometimes in recognition. The schemes she comes up to stop life's annoyances are worthy of I Love Lucy. If you are "of a certain age" as they say and like to laugh, this one is for you.
Have a safe, healthy week. Get your flu shot if you haven't already.
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