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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben - April 27, 2013


Aubrey Reuben

On the Town With Aubrey Reuben
Where All the Stars Shine Brightly!
April 27, 2013


Jean Shaffirof and Mayor Bloomberg at the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (JBFCS) 2013 Spring Benefit at the Plaza Hotel. Fifth Ave. & Central Park South. Wednesday night. 04-24-13

Jean Shafiroff and Mayor Bloomberg at the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (JBFCS) 2013 Spring Benefit at the Plaza Hotel. Fifth Ave. & Central Park South. Wednesday night. 04-24-13

Laila Robins and Robert Cuccioli announced the Outer Critics Circle nominations at the New York Friars Club. Pippin led the list with eleven nominations, Kinky Boots with nine and Golden Boy and The Nance with six. Individual nominees for plays included Nathan Lane for outstanding actor, Cicely Tyson outstanding actress, and for musicals Billy Porter and Laura Osnes. They were good selections.

Equally good were the selections announced by Michael Urie and Patina Miller of the 2013 Drama League Nominees at Sardi's. The Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre goes to Bernadette Peters and the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing goes to Jerry Mitchell. The 79th Annual Drama League Awards will be held at the Marriott Marquis on May 17. I can hardly wait

On Broadway, Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, is a one man show by Alan Cumming, playing all the characters of the tragedy for ninety-minutes. It takes place in a hospital for the criminally insane with the actor as a patient. We have no idea why he is there or what he has done. 

The Testament of Mary, by Colm Torbin, features a remarkable, fearless performance by Fiona Shaw, as the mother of Jesus Christ.


















She smokes, drinks alcohol, takes off her clothes for full frontal nudity as she jumps into water, constantly throws objects, tables, chairs, a ladder to the ground, and never stops talking for ninety minutes about her son, his crucifixion, the raising of Lazarus and his followers. 

The Trip to Bountiful, by Horton Foote, is the story of a old lady making a secret trip back to the home where she was born. Cicely Tyson gives one of the finest performances of the season in this sweet, sentimental tale that takes place in Texas in 1953. The entire cast is wonderful and support the luminous Tyson, whose eyes shine so brightly in her wondrous portrayal of a senior citizen restored to life on this magical theatrical trip.

I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, by John Logan, is a one woman monologue about a once powerful Hollywood agent, imitated by Bette Midler. She reminisces about her life in a foul-mouthed manner, where we are forced to listen to vulgar words throughout her 90-minute rampage against celebrities she hates while smoking in one hand, taking marijuana in another, and drinking alcohol. It is obvious from this performance, directed by Joe Mantello, that she was a very unpleasant woman, whose major pleasure in life was malicious gossip. 

The revival of Pippin, book by Roger O. Hirson, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, at the Music Box Theatre, has been redesigned as if one is at the circus. The stage is like a tent,  and is filled with acrobats, trapezes, poles and more. The cast is very good, especially Andrea Martin, who stops the show with her one song No Time at All, performed on a trapeze upside down. It is remarkable. Diane Paulus has directed an energetic production, that leaves the spectator breathless.

Off-Broadway, Here Lies Love, concept and lyrics by David Byrne, music by Byrne and Fatboy Slim, is one of the most inventive, imaginative  musicals of the season. It tells the story of Imelda Marcos (a magnificent Ruthie Ann Miles) from small town beauty queen to wife of the President of the Philippines. It is created as if one is in a discoteque, where the audience stands and moves to the rhythmic music.

The New York City Opera has returned to City Center, its original home. Welcome back. We have missed you. La Perichole, by Jacques Offenbach, is a souffle of an operetta. The story of a street singer and her lover in an updated modern Peru is silly, and director Christopher Alden has emphasized all these elements, with the excellent chorus smoking, drinking, and acting sexy. It's harmless, painless and, occasionally, good fun. The orchestra played the melodious music wonderfully, under the baton of Emmanuel Plasson. The singers, Kevin Burdette as the Viceroy, Marie Lenormand in the title role and Phillippe Talbot as her lover, contributed to the merriment, and sang and acted well. It is good to have the company back where it belongs.

As always, the 27th Easter Bonnet Competition is delightful. It is full of pleasant, original song and dance numbers performed by the casts of various shows on Broadway and Off-Broadway. Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein and Tom Hanks presented the awards, and Cady Huffman, Deborah Cox and Paul Libin were among the judges.

Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr. and Para-Olymic Gold Medalists Nick Springer were two of the Honorary Chairs at Give Kids A Shot! National Meningitis Association Gala 2013 at the New York Athletic Club. It was a festive affair.

The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (JBFCS) 2013 Spring Benefit was a delightful affair at the Plaza Hotel. The honorees were Seymour R. Askin, Jerold D. Jacobsen and Jean Shafiroff. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg addressed the guests at the cocktail reception and Melissa Russo, WNBC News Anchor, was the Master of Ceremonies at the dinner.

MoMA presented How Green Was My Valley, by John Ford, USA, 1941, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture against tremendous competition. It is a glorious film, with an outstanding cast. Roddy McDowall steals the film, but Walter Pigeon as a minister, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp (who won the Oscar as Best Actor) and Sara Allgood as members of a Welsh mining family at the turn of the twentieth century, all contribute to the success of this powerful film. MoMA also presented To Be or Not To Be, by Ernst Lubitsch, USA, 1942, with the beautiful, talented Carole Lombard and Jack Benny in the leading roles. The film takes place in Poland at the beginning of the German occupation during World War II. It is a heavy handed satire, in which a group of actors deceive the Nazis and save the Polish underground.

Post Tenebras Lux, by Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/France/Germany/The Netherlands, 2012, is about a young Mexican family moving to the countryside. Although the director won the Best Director prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, it is hard to realize why. It is an incoherent, pretentious, self-indulgent film. The director dotes on his own two children, and we are forced to observe them constantly playing, eating, talking and even sleeping. There is an obsession with sodomy between the man and his wife, and even simulated sex scenes in a singers' bathhouse with some of the most repulsive male and female naked bodies ever seen on film. There is also a lot of drinking, drug taking and violence.


04-24-13 (L-R) Cady Huffman. Paul Libin. Deborah Cox were judges at the 27th Easter Bonnet Competition at the Minskoff Theatre. 200 West 45th St Tuesday afternoon 04-23-13

04-24-13 (L-R) Cady Huffman. Paul Libin. Deborah Cox were judges at the 27th Easter Bonnet Competition at the Minskoff Theatre. 200 West 45th St
Tuesday afternoon 04-23-13


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