pastRAmi-tage NYC – Where to Eat for Love,Love,Love.

Armitage Agonistes

A friend suggested that, as a native and life-long New Yorker and theater-goer, I might be able to offer some pre-theater restaurant suggestions to fans coming to NYC for Love, Love, Love, with Richard Armitage.

These suggestions may be useful to anyone, but are aimed at fans who have never been to New York City and/or dinner before theater, which has different requirements than ordinary meals. If you are from or near a metropolitan city, like Chicago, Toronto or Atlanta, some of this may seem like every day information, but it should be noted that there are few other places like The Theater District (Broadway and-off Broadway) where so many people are trying to eat fast and get to  one of 50 curtains in a small geographic location, with hundreds of restaurants to choose from.

You will find plenty of information and suggestions on line, as well as maps, but…

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My Richard Armitage: An interpretation. Background, childhood, adolescence, professional preparation, young adulthood

Me + Richard Armitage

The preface explains what this text is — not conventional professional biography, but rather my interpretation of Richard Armitage’s biography. If you wish to read a professional biography, please consult this one at Richard Armitage Online — it is thoughtful, filled with data, cites its sources methodically, and is simply the best thing available.


Earliest picture of Richard Armitage that I’ve seen.


I. Background

[Right: Huncote village, in the distance. Source.]

Richard Armitage’s family background (partially in Leeds) is neither high cultural nor upper class — ancestors up to grandparents’ generation include cotton mill weavers and coal miners. Parents were probably born during the war years or shortly thereafter and experienced postwar rationing / shortages / aftermath in childhood, as well as growth in postwar prosperity. Father anchors the family in the middle class with his education and highly technical profession (nuclear engineering) and reads…

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One Parent’s Point of View

Nowhere in Particular RA

I wasn’t going to write a post in reaction to Richard’s involvement with Cybersmile and the things that he’s said in the interview, blog post, and tweets relating to it. I understood what he was saying and can appreciate the points he was trying to make, so although some fans were upset by his words, I wasn’t one of them. now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been reading the opposing blog posts and comments in regards to this subject and I think they all have merit, the issues they are bringing forth are sound and worth discussing; I just don’t think Richard was necessarily talking to us. we’re not why he’s doing this.

I have a 10 year old daughter–she’ll turn 11 this summer (a Leo, like Richard), so she’s one of the youngest in her upcoming 6th grade class. I think she’s the target audience for these…

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New Experimental Drama Takes West End by Storm – “The Stage Door”

Guylty Pleasure

Review: “The Stage Door”

New Experimental Drama Takes West End by Storm

by Guylty Pleasure

Experimental drama has the habit of being, well, experimental. It is hard to tell nowadays where reality starts and fiction begins. A new experimental drama that is mid-way through its eleven week-run in London’s West End is braving new ways in bringing the reality of modern life to the audience. Never-seen-before stage management, audience involvement and improvisation methods are making this innovative new work the must-see performance of the season. And best of all – it’s unticketed and free in.

The Stage Door

Devised and staged by impressive director/writer/lead actor Richard Armitage, the play opens to a street scene on a balmy summer evening in central London. The seemingly calm and peaceful scene is cosily illuminated by street lights, accentuated with the warm glow of the orange “stage door” orb. Sparsely furnished with the occasional car and a…

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