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06-18-14 (L-R) Anka K. Palitz. Tommy Tune. Lucia Hwong Gordon at a Pre-Gala Luncheon for Career Transition For Dancers at Sardi's. 234 West 44th St. Tuesday afternoon. 06-17-14.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

06-18-14 (L-R) Anka K. Palitz. Tommy Tune. Lucia Hwong Gordon at a Pre-Gala Luncheon for Career Transition For Dancers at Sardi's. 234 West 44th St. Tuesday afternoon. 06-17-14

On Broadway, some times a Broadway musical can be painful to the ears and on the eyes. A good example is Holler If Ya Hear Me, book by Todd Kreindler, lyrics by Tupac Shakur. The story is about a young man (Saul Williams) released from jail, who returns to his old decrepit neighborhood in an industrial city. Violence and tragedy are in his future. The minimal set by Edward Pierce on a darkened stage has steps representing the homes and a chain link fence representing an automobile repair shop. The ugly costume design by Reggie Ray makes every woman on stage look unattractive. The amplified music is deafening, the lyrics are banal and vulgar, the additional dialog is the same, and the musical staging and choreography by the esteemed choreographer Wayne Cilento is a travesty. I cannot recommend this pointless musical.

Off-Broadway, Fly by Night, conceived and written by Kim Rosenstock with co-writers Will Connolly and Michael Mitnick, is a modest musical, about a young man in love with two sisters from South Dakota. It aims to be a cute tale, but it is overlong and too sugary for my taste. It is a shame, because it has a fine seven member cast, well directed by Carolyn Cantor.

















































Pat Kirkwood Is Angry
, written and performed by Jessica Walker, is a one woman show about the English actress of the title name, who was a star on stage during World War II. She also appeared in film and television, but she made poor choices in both husbands (she had four) and in her career. She was involved in a royal scandal with Prince Philip, which was a source of humiliation for her for over fifty years. Accompanied by a pianist, she presents a selection of songs associated with her; but it is a bitter tale, and she has mostly negative comments to make about the people in her life.

Donogoo, by Jules Romains, translated and directed by Gus Kaikkonen, at the Mint Theater, opens on Monday, June 23. My comments will be in my next column.

The 4th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards were presented at a reception at Sardi's. President Peter Breger presented the awards to three Legends of Off Broadway, Wallace Shawn, Edmund Gaynes andTerrence McNally. Among the other awards, Fun Home won the Best Musical and Hand of God the Best Play. As always, it is a lovely event.

I attended a lovely Pre-Gala Luncheon for Career Transition For Dancers at Sardi's. The 2014 Annual Gala NEW YORK NEW YORK A Helluva Town will take place at City Center on Monday, October 6, honoringAngela Lansbury with the 2014 Rolex Dance Award. It is one of my favorite events for a very worthy cause. Among the guests at the delicious luncheon were Tommy Tune, Karen Ziemba and Lucia Hwong Gordon.

MoMA presented ongoing An Auteurist History of Film. The Last Picture Show, by Peter Bogdanovich, USA, 1971, is a fascinating film, about small town life in Texas in 1951. Basically, it is a coming of age story about two high school seniors in a small town with little opportunity for a successful life. It is a realistic film, which leaves a deep impression on the viewer. The acting is superb, and everyone in the cast is wonderful, with two of them winning well deserved Best Supporting Actors Oscars, Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman. It is the director's finest film.

MoMA also is presenting Carte Blanche:MK2 until June 23. Sauve qui peut (la vie) (Every Man for Himself), by Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland/Austria/France/West Germany, 1980, is an unusual film about three people. The women are played by two wonderful actresses, Nathalie Baye and Isabelle Huppert, who are wasted in this film. A television producer (Jacques Dutronte) breaks up with the former and sleeps with the latter, who is a prostitute. The film uses slow motion, an annoying soundtrack, and is quite irritating at times. It also focuses on weird sexual preferences of the prostitute's clients. The filmmaker has made many fine films. This is not one of them.

06-18-14 President Peter Breger (L) presents honoree Wallace Shawn with the Legend of Off Broadway Award at the 2014 4th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards at a reception at Sardi's. 234 West 44th St. Tuesday afternoon. 06-17-14.  Photo by:   Aubrey reuben

06-18-14 President Peter Breger (L) presents honoree Wallace Shawn with the Legend of Off Broadway Award at the 2014 4th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards at a reception at Sardi's. 234 West 44th St. Tuesday afternoon. 06-17-14






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