“What New York destination do you absolutely have to bring visitors to?”
This question was polled to each of our twenty-six actors in the cast of The Bad and the Better. We got some interesting responses, some of them being personal apartments, the Staten Island ferry, and Brownsville, Brooklyn. We won’t give you the keys to Sarah Lemp’s apartment, but we will give some advice on doin’ up NYC, Amoralists style.
Our first candidate to air his favorite city spot is the dynamic Clyde Baldo, an Amoralists “virgin”
picked up off the streets by James Kau whom we are happy to have playing the megolomaniac Richard Zorn!
So Clyde…where do you bring folks?
Clyde Baldo (Richard Zorn) “Times Square- Broadway!!”
Ah ha! It would be like Richard Zorn to bring his visitors to the electric Goliath of Times Square. Nice method work, Clyde…Unlike those Zorn dotes upon, you will not be chauffeured down Broadway into seats close enough to feel Nina Arianda’s forehead sweat. Too bad. But, you made it here anyway, and since you are coming all the way to Midtown West for our awesome production, here are some pointers on how to enjoy Times Square and not beat up Evil Elmo.
DO: Stay up until 4, and then go to the square. In the wee hours it is is still bright and magnificent and no one will be in your instagram photos!
Don’t: Eat anywhere from 49th to 40th streets and in between 5th to 9th avenues, unless, like Richard Zorn, you don’t give a shit about money. If you are on a budget there is a top-rated super cheap pizza diner on 42nd and 9th, aptly named 99 cent Fresh Pizza, with the amazing $2.75 two-slices-and-a-soda deal. For a healthier option there is a fruit vendor man* who parks by Port Authority bus terminal, neighboring a bagel cart. An upscale option, literally steps away from the theatre, is the jazzy Chez Josephine*, featuring French and American dishes along occasional live music. Perfect for a pre-matinee brunch.
DO: Get out of consumer hell. Gently push past the Germans and high schoolers and mosey your way west on 42nd street West, when it was full of trash and disease. Watch out for the pigeons. They will bomb your face like feathery cannonballs. Before you’ve had a chance to come up for air, BOOM! You’re on Theatre Row. Welcome!
Don’t: Go to the Drama Bookshop. Well, do, it’s super rad, but didn’t you know? An exclusive anarchist bookstore lives inside Playwrights Horizons.Only a ticket to The Bad and the Better will allow entrance. It’s exclusive. It’s underground. It’s revolutionary. See you there.
*Fruit Vendor Man: Lives by Port Authority on the south side of 42nd street between 8th and 9th avenues. * *Chez Josephine: 414 W. 42nd street (between 9th and Dyer). 212.594.1925 . Brunch: 12-3 (Sundays feature live music), Dinner noon-10.