I got here Wednesday morning (took the red-eye after work on Tuesday) and have crammed lots of window-shopping, some actual shopping, a terrific museum exhibit, and two Broadway plays into my four days here. (I'll pass over in unhappy silence the afternoon spent watching Federer lose in the second round in Madrid.)
For my friends in Paris, the museum exhibit was titled "The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky", and it was organized jointly with the Musée du Quai Branley, which owns many of the works that travelled to New York. Beautiful things.
For film and theatre buffs, the plays were a revival of David Hare's "Skylight" with Bill Nighy (wonderful) and Carey Mulligan, and today "The Audience" with Helen Mirren. Her performance alone was worth the cost of the trip. For those who haven't heard of it, Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth, and the play shows her weekly interactions with some of her prime ministers, starting with Churchill and ending with David Cameron. I've no idea what the Cameron scene a week ago was like, because a very quick rewrite was done to incorporate the results of Thursday's general election. The scene now starts with Elizabeth inviting Cameron to form a government, followed immediately by a deliciously wicked "Were you as surprised as the rest of us?" He's also told to do something about the mess he's made of Scotland and reminded of his promised EU referendum. I'd love to see how the scene would play out before a U.K. audience, because I don't think it was sufficiently appreciated here. Both plays are only in New York until late June, so if anyone's going to be in the area and wants to see great acting, buy your tickets now. And besides great acting, "The Audience" has corgis. :-)