My third week of sabbatical, as well as my third in New York City, began with Carol’s joining me on Monday. That night I performed at Gotham Comedy Club. Here is the performance. Remember, it’s just comedy.
The next few days, we spent our days walking the city streets and walking Central and Riverside Parks. We saw two shows. The first, “Come from Away,” was perhaps the best play I’ve ever seen, certainly the most moving. It is about a small town in Newfoundland during the week of 9/11 and their heroic efforts to host thousands of people from planes that landed at their little airport while air space was shut down. It was full of real-life stories of people who experienced that week together. The second, “The Play That Goes Wrong,” is a slapstick comedy about a community theater production of a murder mystery where everything goes wrong with props, with the set, and with the actors–both their egos and their abilities. It was quite funny and quite a contrast from the previous play.
The punchline for my time in NYC came when I was feeling little ill and tested positive for COVID. No joke! So I am now isolating alone in my room at International House while Carol, who tests negative, stays at a hotel and brings me food. We have delayed our flights to North Carolina, which is the next part of our trip.