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PAGE 6 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 5, 2017 Murphy... As I See It Rumors are that Lloyd case, things were finally Max Tassiniri of looking up for him! WHY? His . East Boston may suicide may clear him of any It ; replace retiring charges relating to the death of ' Director John Kelly Odin Lloyd and his estate may of the East Boston Social Centers! be entitled to millions under his ... Revere City'Councilors have contract with the New England made it clear that Revere will Patriots. However, attorney not be a sanctuary city. One for Ursula Ward, mother of Democrat, Acton State Senator, Odin Lloyd, hasn't wasted proposed adopting sanctuaryanytime going on television status statewide and Revere city asking that the Patriots do councilmen have rejected that the right thing and fork over thought[ Leading the brigade, any money from Hernandez's Revere Councilor George contract (approximately six Rotondo submitted a motion on million dollars) to her. Many the topic to go on record that Patriot fans do not believe the the City of Revere is against any monies owed to Hernandez effort to make Massachusetts a should go to Ursula Ward, but sanctuary state ... The timing rather should be put into a trust is perfrct for Boston Mayorfor his four-year-old daughter ... Marty Walsh, who is up for re- Street-sweeping machines are election, to announce his five- out sweeping streets, indicating year Capital Plan. Walsh recently a sign spring is in the air ... announced his Plan in East Smoking on the streets and Boston regarding an ongoingthe sand should be banned $7.8 million renovation by the at Revere Beach because it's city, and released his $2.08 a National Park, and should billion five-yearplan. The Capital look clean and beautiful, not Plan prioritizes investments littered with cigarette butts. In in Boston that include a new fact, 21st Century smart citizens East Boston Police Station, the need to rid themselves of the Paris Street Pool, Noyes Park, unhealthy effects that second- Engines 5 Fire Station, and the hand smoking imposes on their McArdle Bridge. The fundinghealth! With that being said, also includes the completion of clgarette smoking should be projects already underway, like banned from condo complexes, the Paris Street Community entrances fomalls, restaurants, Center and the Central Square and business areas[ In other Park ... What's with grown-ups words, people need to stop who walk around in pajamas smoking for their own health during the day time?? Theseconcerns and those of others. people strut around malls, travel It's not cool to SMOKE anymore on airplanes, and stroll the ... Many U.S. citizens want a streets! A hint, clothes can be Mexican/U.S. Border Wall built, bought at affordable prices, but Congress isn't biting on especially at the Salvation Army. budgeting the money. What if Aaron Hernandez's suicide was concerned citizens and grants a shock to everyone. After being donated the money to build the found not guilty for the drive- wall? It would be money well by shooting of two men and an spent to keep out drug dealers appeal in the works for the Odin and gangs!! ... Till next time! Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 Don't Wait to See These Plays BY BECKETT Beckett in Brief Commonwealth Shakespeare Sorenson Center for the Arts Wellesley, Directed by James Seymour through May 7 Samuel Beckett's works are not easy to understand, but don't let that stop you from seeing them. While they are filled with ambiguity, it is fun Will Lyman trying to figure out what the meaning {Photo by is behind them, or Evgenia Eliseeva} if there is any at all. I have been enjoying Beckett's plays and novels since I was young and yet I am just beginning to crack the meaning, or what I interpret as the meaning, of some of them. You may wonder how I could possibly enjoy work that is not clear to me. Well, that's the ftin in it. While it is difficult, it is also fascinating as well as funny, heartbreaking, soul-searching, and intriguing. The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Babson Arts is currently presenting three of Becket's short plays, Rough for Radio 11, The Old Tune, and Krapp's Last Tape, at the Sorenson Center for the Arts in Wellesley. If you have never seen a Samuel Beckett play, this is a great opportunity to be introduced to his work. With a cast led by Will Lyman (Animator, Gorman, and Krapp), and including Ken Baltin (Fox and Cream), and Ashley Risteen (Stenogra- pher), you couldn't ask for better talent to present this work. Combine this with the fine direction of James Seymour, and having it set in a very inti- mate theatre (there are only four rows of seats), and you are in for a special evening of theatre. Rough for Radio 1I, which all takes place in silhouette behind a screen, is about an artist's struggle to dig into his creative spirit. The piece is a conversation between Animator and Stenogra- pher with the voice of Fox that rises up from time to time. It is the most difficult of the three plays to understand, but oh so interesting to watch. The Old Tune and Krapp's Last Tape deal with memories and dealing with getting old, looking back, and regrets. Will Lyman and Ken Baltin are superb as two old friends who sit at what could be a bus stop and talk about old times. Their memories conflict at times, but memories are very often different from what actually happened. There is something very familiar that comes across when listening to these two. Krapp's Last Tape is both disturbing and funny. In typical Beckett fashion, there is a bit of slapstick involved. The old banana peel is still good for a laugh. Will Lyman, as Krapp, goes it alone in this piece. Well, not quite alone, he is also the voice himself (Krapp) to whom he is listening on a tape that he made years before. It is interesting hearing the younger Krapp talldng about his regrets and the futility of life, yet filled with the energy to push forward, in contrast to the older Krapp, who is still feeling that same futility but is now tired and appears to have not much hope. But he is not short on regrets as he makes a new tape. Is it his last tape, or just the last one up to that time? Don't be afraid of seeing this work. I would advise you not to over think it. Sit and just let it play out in front of you. Better yet, bring some friends along as you will really enjoy discussing it afterwards. You will be surprised by how much you start to uncover as you talk about it. So, I have now written a review about three of Samuel Beckett's plays and I am not even sure I know what the heck I have been talkingabout. I do know that it was a terrific evening of theatre. I don't recommend everything I see, as my goal with this column is to get people who may have never gone, or who haven't gone in some time, interested in attending theatre. While this may seem like an unlikely work to recommend for a first-time theatre-goer, I feel comfortable in urging my readers to go. Take a shot at Beckett In Brief, you will find it interesting and fun. Commonwealth Shakespeare, Sorenson Center for the Arts, 19 Babson College Drive, Wellesley, MA. For more information, call 781-239-5880, or go to Ashley Risteen (Photo by Evgenia Eliseeva} f FUNCTION FA CILITY Please accept sincere condolences, from the Spinelli's family and staff. During this difficult time, we would like to offer our facility at a specially reduced price, for you, your family and friends. SERVED UPON ARRIVAL Coffee, Mini Danish Pastries and Tea Breads BUFFET LUNCHEON MENU Tossed Salad, Assorted Rolls with Butter Chicken, Ziti and Broccoli Alfredo Eggplant Parmigiana Italian Sausages, Onions and Potatoes Above price does not include a 15% Administration Fee and a 7% Mass State Tax. 280 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA Telephone: 617-567-4499 Two Exciting Events at the North End Branch Library Stephen Puleo Talk and Gloucester Garden Tour The Friends of the North End Branch Library estate gardens, and also an Olmstead garden. This have announced that they will be hosting two in- teresting and fun events in the upcoming weeks. First, a stimulating talk by one of the North End's favor- ite authors, Stephen Puleo, on his new highly acclaimed book, American Treasures: The Secret Efforts to Save the Dec- laration of Independence, the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address, which tells the inter- esting story of how the U.S. government safeguard- ed our Constitution and other priceless documents. Mr. Puleo will speak on Saturday, May 13th, at 10:00 am at the North Bennet Street School, which is now located at 150 North Street (near Cross Street), Boston. Mr. Puleo has written many other historical books, including Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 and The Boston Italians. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Friends website at The second event is a trip to Gloucester for the 5m annual Gloucester Garden Tour, sponsored by Generous, in the seaside village of Magnolia. Gardens along the walking route in- clude a varietyof cottage gardens, rose gardens, escape from the city includes a round trip bus ride to Gloucester and a Gloucester Garden Tour. The bus will leave from the North End Library at 9:00 am on Saturday morning, July 8th, and will arrive at the Magnolia Library for the start of the 1.6 mile walking tour. After the tour, the bus will drive everyone to downtown Gloucester for lunch and shopping on your own. The bus will leave at 3:00 pm for the return trip to the North End. Reservations and payment must be made in advance by June 3% A check payable to the Friends of the North End Branch Library can be left at the main desk of the library or mailed to: The Friends of the North End Branch Library, P.O. Box 130197, Boston, MA 02113 To find ticket price, pay by PayPal, or for further details, please visit Both of these exciting events are sponsored by The Friends of the North End Library. I