“Combining dazzling surrealism, poetic movement, and sheer physical strength, Pilobolus makes a highly anticipated return to The Joyce!” This is a quote from a Joyce ad for the dance company. In the ad a very tall figure in a very long skirt and wearing a fedora scrambles up a ladder to put Pilobolus June 11 thru 29 on the theater marquee. But wait! She’s replaced by a short man who completes or repeats the job. The tall person in the long skirt climbs the ladder yet again! Go to the Joyce Theater website and go mad. I had never seen Pilobolus and was concerned that it was a left over sixties group. Before the performance began, there was horseplay among the dancers which reinforced my concern. Once the performance started, I realized my initial opinion was nonsense. It was a seriously silly afternoon. I borrowed the Joyce quote because it describes this wonderful, flexible group perfectly.
Let’s have a shout out for Sisters in Crime. Cowgirls on Hudson was the place where we had our last meeting of the season. Also, it was the changing of the guard. Catherine Maiorisi, was a hard working, organized, relaxed president who was lots of fun. Unlike most heads, I’m sorry to see her go. The good news is that Alison von Rosenvinge will be our president. If only our political parties could learn from Sisters in Crime how to choose leaders.
Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder.
Millie Fitzgerald applies for a private school teaching job, faints on a dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.
Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who never listens or accuses her of lying? Her father who’s started a new family in Singapore? She tells Millie.
Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner being stabbed ? His hated boss, Captain Dick Holbrook, being a trustee of the Windsor School? Losing his girlfriend to Holbrook?