Thursday, March 5, 2015

A BREAKDOWN OF "THREE MONTHS WITH POOK"


There's nothing that can match Broadway for stature and dignity.
    -Sammy Davis, Jr.

It's hard for me to totally agree with this quote.
Don't get me wrong. I love going to a Broadway show. I try to see at least one a year.

Last year I saw Aladdin.
Can't recommend it enough to anyone.

But to be blunt ... This is New York fucking City.
There's so much to experience that goes totally unnoticed.

Which is why I can't totally agree with Davis's quote.

Recently I saw the play, "Three Months With Pook".
It was being showcased at the Dixon Place in the Bowery section of New York.

You won't see it advertised on a billboard or even being heavily talked about on social media. But it is the diamond in the rough that New York City can offer you.

SYNOPSIS
"Three Months With Pook" is a take on a new relationship problem. Which in part makes it a very refreshing story from the get go. Xavier, who is a gay man, and Pook, who is a lesbian, are forced to interact with each other. What starts off as a reluctant relationship, blossoms into something more.  Suddenly, heterosexual feelings emerge, while trying to conquer inner demons. All while singing and having lots of laughs.

ACTING
From the moment the lights went dim, to the standing ovation, John Curtis (Xavier) and Noni Culotta (Pook) had the audience captivated. I have to start off with their singing. Wow!  In a moment’s notice they went from unbelievably sad/dark to light/happy. Extremely impressive and it always threw you for a nice surprise.

I became lost in their performance. Their dialogue was so convincing that it felt like I was eavesdropping on someone's conversations. The relationship between these two is quite special.
My favorite part of their performance: the emotion.

With every discussion. With every lyric. With their body language. They truly felt like they were either in pain, love or living their day-to-day lives. That specifically is what made the show so unique.

SETTING
The set and props were simple and worked perfectly.

I had a front row seat, and noticed that a lot of the items were either handmade, or likely picked up at a thrift / antique store.
 
It was simple, sleek and not over the top. Perfectly complimented the acting.

MUSIC
These two performers know how to sing. I was stunned by how beautiful it was at times. If I had to point out one aspect, it would be Pook's (Noni Culotta) singing. She performed with so much emotion. At times she's sing while crying. Not just for a moment, but for lengths at a time. A truly remarkable performance on her

WRAP UP
I never understood how people from all around the world would come to New York City to eat at an Olive Garden or TGIFs. If you walk in any direction long enough you'll come across an amazing and unique restaurant. To a degree, "Three months with Pook" falls into that category.

Yes, as Sammy Davis Jr. Points out, Broadway is a unique and special place to be. No argument there. Everyone needs to experience a Broadway show (unlike an Olive Garden), but be open minded enough to watch a small play such as this one.

It doesn't have the glitz and glamour as a big time show, but it still provides you with the same joy and thrill. I can't recommend seeing this show enough. You'll laugh, cry and give them a standing ovation at the end.

Who knows where this show can be in a year or two. Maybe it'll be Off-Broadway. Maybe they'll be asked to perform on a weekly or monthly basis. Whatever happens then ... If you're able to give "three months" to these characters ... You won't be sorry.  



Thursday, October 23, 2014

I Hate Star Wars, and chances are, it's because of you


 I've caught a lot of flak about this over the years.

The title says enough, but before I start, for those who don't personally know me, I'd like to share some of my better qualities.

I am an Eagle Scout.
I am an Assistant Scout Master.
I work hard at a job I've always wanted.
I'm great with kids.
I'm going to be a godfather for the second time.
I treat my parents like gold.
I'm a great listener.
I always remember to put the toilet seat down.
And I always ask my friends if they need help moving.

Falling short of being the guy that found Osama Bin Laden ... I truly have done my best to be a great person. Yet, people are able to easily forget that with one sentence:

I, Nicholas Joseph Monte, do not like Star Wars…at all.



That one sentence… that one bit of information in which I share as a fact of my being, often (key word) trumps everything else about me at that moment.

Michael Vick has received more love from PETA than me after I utter that phrase.

Sounds like I might be jumping ahead of myself. Let's start from the beginning. No, It's not in a galaxy far, far away. Instead, it takes place in Brooklyn, New York.

From my earliest memories of watching television, movies, or being read to, I was never into space stories of any kind. That's it. No real rhyme or reason. I didn't think much of it. To each their own, right?


A story like "Superman" or "War of the Worlds" I was cool with. Even though they're aliens, the heart of the story takes place on earth. However, if the X-Men (a comic I really enjoyed as a kid) had to deal with the Sheiar Empire, I was totally turned off. 

This trend stayed the course through the years.

I vaguely remember seeing Star Wars for the first time. I thought the light sabers were cool in their own unique way, Darth Vader came off as a mysterious baddie, but after that, I didn't care.

Notice an important detail? I gave Star Wars a try. That's all anyone can ask someone for, right?

I truly can't stand people who bash a subject, but don't even attempt to read or understand it. Perfect example is Harry Potter. I had a job in college in which I worked with a very religious person. 

This guy was a great and smart individual, but man, did he hate the Potter series. He would say such things as "It encourages the devil", "It sends kids the wrong message" and "It's absolute trash". So I asked him, calmly as someone who has read the whole series, what was it about the books that made him feel this way. 

To my dismay he only saw the covers and never attempted to read a page.

Personally, this is the epitome of a closed minded argument: a person who has completely made up their mind without any knowledge of the subject.

Since this is a trait that has irritated the living hell out of me ... I have always done my damndest to avoid falling into this "mental trap". It's the only reason I watched the new episodes when they were released in theater.

If people whom I’ve just met responded to me saying something along the lines of, "I'm surprised to hear that considering you like comics. WHY IS that"? Then chances are this wouldn't be an issue and you wouldn't be reading this blog.

I know my friends will always give me a hard time about disliking Star Wars, but that's okay, because they're my friends, and they can get away with ball busting love.

What bothers me is when others meet me for the first time, and they say things such as, "what's wrong with you", "hand in your geek card" or "You're a fucking idiot" ... Well ...  To quote a movie I do love "I'm fuzzy on the whole good / bad thing. What do you mean..."

You may find my opinion negative and somewhat contradictory. My response. “Nay nay!” I'm only attempting to highlight the negativity and closed-mindedness that people may, or may not, even realize. Okay, perhaps I'm also bitchin' about Star Wars a little.


If someone is showing negative feelings towards something you enjoy or passionate about ... Don't look to put them down so quickly. Instead, attempt to have an intelligent discussion; isn't that what smart people do after all?


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Episode 33 - NY Comic Con 2014 Recap (Podcast)

- New York Comic Con 2014
- Batman / Superman Movies
- Iron man / Captain America
- Flash & Arrow Premiere
- Walking Dead
- New Daredevil Images
- Daredevil: Road Warrior
- Rainbow Brite Show

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Episode 32 - Comic TV Season (Podcast)

- Gotham
- Shield
- TMNT
- National Comic Book Day
- Deadpool Movie
- AMC Upgrade
- Keanu Reeves Movie
- Batmobile
- Popeye Feature
- Netflix / Daredevil
- Replica Starlord Jacket
- The Saturday Evening Post
http://onlymilo.deviantart.com/gallery/49414039/The-Saturday-Evening-Post-Series
- ‘Playing Dead’ Comic Strip
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- Touring Ghostbusters
- Exclusive Deathstroke Toy Comicon
- Original Comic book art
- Comic Art Con
- Tokyo Game show
- Q’s Gaming News

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Episode 31 - Above the Panels: Skyliner (Podcast)

Today I talk to a good friend about his kickstarter project.  This is a labor of love that he and his dad put together.  Prepare for a lesson that’s better than any history class possible.

- https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/156390002/andre-krayewskis-skyliner-the-complete-series?ref=nav_search
- https://www.facebook.com/Skyliner1954
- http://www.skyliner1954.com
- https://twitter.com/edkrayewski

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Episode 30 - I’M EXCITED TO BE A PART OF IT! (Podcast

- ghostbusters weekend
- Gotham
- Arrow announcement
- The rock: black adam
- New season comic book shows
- Back to the future: hot toys
- Simon pegg / Nick frost figures
- greg rucka sale: comixology
- Spider-woman debate
- sexy nerds retro game night & cosplayer

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Episode 29 - Keepin’ it classy (Podcast)

- The Uncommons
- DC Movies: No Joke Policy
- Monte saw TMNT
- Action Comics #1
- Patrick Stewart  Ice Bucket Challenge
- Artists on eBay
- Chris Pratt Visits children’s hospital
- FF Four: Thing look
- Sin City Box Office Flop
- Kick ass 3
- Daredevil Netflix
- Gotham Show`
- Mario Kart
- Pokemon fighting game

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