Equus Rides Again on Broadway

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Photo by Carol Rosegg
Photo by Carol Rosegg

Equus stars Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths

It’s not “Harry Potter Meets My Little Pony,” by any stretch of the imagination.

Not only is there a highly-publicized nude scene, but Peter Shaffer’s play “Equus” is a dark, edgy drama.

If you have a vivid imagination and a tendency to be squeamish, you might not want to click on this link about the play.

And if you don’t think you can handle the synopsis but you’re still wondering what the play’s about, here’s a one-line summation.

“Equus” is about psychotherapy sessions with a mentally ill young man who has blinded six horses with a hoofpick.

So, not only is Harry Potter Naked, he plays a troubled character who’s done some shocking things.

So, why do I have tickets? Prurient interest, perhaps?

Honestly, I may have passed because of the fanfare and hysteria over the nudity. But preparing this article gave me an insight that I might get to see a something special.

No – not that something.

I love to watch great drama. Plus, I live a short train ride from New York.

Reviews about the London production have noted that Radcliffe has the acting chops to deliver such a demanding role. The supporting cast in New York also includes stage and screen veteran Kate Mulgrew.

I figure that, if I don’t need at least a glass of pinot noir after the play to soothe my rattled nerves, then I haven’t gotten my money’s worth. I’ll let you know what I think after I see it.

Because great drama is supposed to engage the emotions. Serious drama and fiction have spelunked into the depths of human emotion and behavior for eons.

Playwright Peter Shaffer has said that the play, first produced in 1973, was inspired by a real incident. Scholars have noted deep mythological, psychological and sociological references woven into the play.

My tickets are for late October. And, no, I won’t be taking binoculars for a better view from my seat up in the mezzanine.

Site Improvements You Might Like

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I’m all too aware of the demands of modern life. There’s so much great stuff to read/do/see. And there’s only just so much time.

As much as I would love for you to be able to stop by and visit here at the site — and I made it all pretty so that you’d want to — the realities of modern life may require a more time-efficient approach to keeping up with what’s new here.

Then, it’s RSS to the rescue. 🙂

If you’ve always wondered, RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. And, if you know all about it, thank you for your patience while I explain it to folks who’ve seen those orange doohickeys and wondered what the blazes they mean.

All RSS does is give you updates from this site delivered to you. And, on this site, you have a choice of receiving your update by one of two methods.

1. The orange logo is a button that connects to a way to have updates sent like a digest, as with Google Reader. The signup takes you step by step.

2. The little form box below it sends updates to your Inbox.

Just, FYI, I won’t latch onto our email addy to send you spam. And I won’t sell it to anyone, either.

And, you may have noticed, I’m not “post happy” — I don’t post every day or multiple times a day like some bloggers do. In other words, you’ll only get an update from The Horsey Set Net when I post something new here.

In addition to the RSS feature is a similar convenience, a Comments subscription manager. As word gets out about what a great hangout this is for horse lovers, we may get into some discussions in the Comments area. Maybe you’ll want to keep track of what’s been said on a topic on which you’ve commented.

So, down below the topics and below the Comments form is a link that says, “Manage subscriptions.” That’s a link to keep you up-to-date on the latest comments on a topic. It’s another updates-via-email connection, only this one will only send you updates as long as readers add Comments to this particular topic.

Anyway, I’m still tinkering with the wiring (the programs running behind the scenes), so I might come up with some other convenient goodies from time2time. One I’m working on now is supposed to leave a trail of cyber-crumbs to Google so drop-in readers can find us here. Another is to organize the site better, sorta like an index. But that’s behind-the-scenes stuff.

Enough with the technical bulletins. 🙂

Feedburner Follies – technical difficulties

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See that orange button doohickey thing up there in the banner?

Clicking on it is supposed to help you stay up-to-date on all the happenings here at The Horsey Set Net. Pretty cool, huh? Right convenient. Except it’s not connecting to what it needs to connect to.

Technology is full of surprises and “opportunities in disguise.” Especially for us newbies learning on-the-job.

Thanks for your patience. We’ll get these technical difficulties straightened out.

A Derby winner at the Travers anyway?

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Just because Big Brown is passing up Saturday’s Travers Stakes doesn’t mean that TV viewers won’t get to see a Kentucky Derby winner on TV.

Travers contender Tale of Ekati might be ponied by, at one time or another, 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide.

Yes, as a 3-year-old, Tale of Ekati was born the same spring that Funny came to fame.

Funny Cide, a gelding, didn’t have a second career as a breeding stallion ahead of him. So, his trainer Barclay Tagg gave him a second career as one of his stable ponies.

So, if you spot footage of Tale of Ekati with a chestnut pony, that pony could very well be Funny Cide. And, better yet, the ESPN announcers might tell us if it is. Coverage begins at 4:30 pm EDT.

As I said before, this August is a big month for coverage of equestrian competitions.

Championship Horse Shows on the Web

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The Olympics may be winding down, but August is still a great month for equestrian competitions. Two major American show horse championships are in full swing this week with live pay-per-view webcasts.

But horse show fans without broadband and/or on a budget won’t be left out. Each event offers updates that don’t involve video stream downloads.

On the Saddlebred scene, the World Championship Horse Show, live from the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, is under way now and runs through Saturday, Aug. 23, when champions are crowned.

But, if you want to get some updates but the idea of a video stream gives you a headache, you can catch up by checking in on the American Saddlebred Horse Association for photos.

Also underway live is the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee. The Celebration’s website has a link to the pay-per-view but also offers results for the videoless.

However, if you can watch video yet you don’t feel like forking over the dough for the Celebration pay-per-view, you can watch daily updates on What A Horse , a cable channel and Internet show about the Tennessee Walking Horse. Usually a paid subscription forum, What A Horse will offer free views of its Celebration updates.

As the horse show center ring announcers often say, “This is your gate call. It’s horse show time.”

Thanks for your patience

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I’m in the process of renovating the site, but it’s a DIY (do-it-yourself) project. I’m learning by doing — and as I go — so the process is slow.

That’s why you don’t see any horse pictures in the header yet, among other things. I’m working my way through the tutorials, which sometimes don’t seem to be in my own language. And I don’t trust myself.

I just barely got my fingers around FTP.

I think I need to hook up that fancy orange Feedburner button, too. Let alone social media. And there are “plug-ins?”

So, thank you for hanging in there while I get my mind around the jargon and decode these tutorials.