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So I planned to do a review of Il Tabarro with fotos, and I had a problem, a really big one.

 

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When I tried to get a foto of the cash bar area, Mary Whalen intruded.

 

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I wanted to capture the decor and 1938 fork truck set, Mary crept in.

 

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I wanted a shot of just the mermaids greeting opera goers, and in the background, the lady in black nudged her way in.

 

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When I tried to get a foto of just the river and island background, Mary A. Whalen nosed in.

 

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When a fireboat happened by to anoint the show, once again the Whalen did her thing and loomed.

 

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And check out her bling! Says she in the voice of a very high trafficked blog, “i can has navigashun lights?”

Seriously, I loved the show: singing, costumes and staging, orchestra, lighting, blocking, even the Italian, the unusual venue. But I have to admit, as I watched, a thought that intruded was, “Mary Whalen, you’re such a diva. Your engine is shot. Your systems are way past their prime. But as a hull, you still know how to move. You danced in tempo with the show. With your pitching and rocking, even a little yaw now and again, you captured and heightened the emotion of each moment: alienation, loneliness, sensuality, jealousy, desperation, rage, horror. You got it down. You’re such a diva, MW.” Bravo VPR , bravo portside, bravo American Stevedoring Inc. Bravissimo Mary Whalen.

PS:  The 9/24 New Yorker (page 48) refers to MW as “a Red Hook barge,” and nothing more.  Fie!

Photos, Will Van Dorp.

All the world’s a stage, including a foredeck.

 

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In a few weeks intrigue and song will animate this pleasing tomato-red platform, foredeck activities never imagined in the strangest dreams of Mary Whalen‘s helmsman or crew. During all her fuel hauling years, this spotlight never illuminated the vocal and acting energy soon to be seen here.

 

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With apologies to Puccini, here’s a blogger’s synopsis, blopera, if you will, or operblog. opblog? See Il Tabarro: M and G share a bed on M’s ship. M, the captain, thinks G is monogamous.

 

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But G secretly looks elsewhere…

 

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Though not necessarily through a speaking tube, communication gets garbled,

 

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signals are misread,  red lights like Red Hook,

 

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temperatures rises, darker passions erupt,

 

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And that hue of red earlier called “tomato” becomes “blood.” Perfect raw material for opera! Come see it.

Volunteer to help. Contact Carolina.

Also, another hiatus of the blog; see you mid-August.

Photos by Will Van Dorp.

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What’s this red vessel?

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>>a sibling of this recently drydocked vessel along Staten Island’s tug alley? YES!

>>the stage for an opera performance, Il Tabarro—Giacomo Puccini‘s steamy opera about adultery and murder on a barge in Paris? YES!

Actually I’m relaying a call for

Volunteers!Sundays, 1-6pm followed by BBQ. Please pass the word even if you can’t join.

 

Carolina, who says “We could use your help. It’s always fun around PortSide. Folks of all ages, skill and fitness levels welcome.

 

next chance: this Sun 7/29/07 1-6pm, followed by BBQ
please chip in at least two hours

We are installing PortSide’s offices aboard the tanker, so tasks include refinishing two metal desks, and moving file cabinets, bookcases, and boxes from pier to ship. If we get a lot of people, we’ll do some other work on the ship (moving stuff, putting chafing gear on docklines)

Wear clothes you can get dirty. Bring workgloves if you have them.

When n Where:

aboard the Mary Whalen. Enter gate for American Stevedoring/Brooklyn Marine Terminal at Hamilton Avenue and Van Brunt Street.

Due to port security regulations, you must RSVP so we can get a list of names to the Guard. RSVP to mail@portsidenewyork.org Bring a photo ID to show the guard at the gate. We’’ll pick you up at the gate if you don’’t have a car.

 

Please pass the word!”

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