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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben - November 5, 2016


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On the Town With Aubrey Reuben
Where All the Stars Shine Brightly!
November 5, 2016


On Broadway, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, by Christopher Hampton, based on the novel Choderlos de Laclos, at the Booth Theatre, is a Donmar Warehouse Production, directed by Josie Rourke. The play takes place among the aristocracy in France in the 1780s. Mertreuil (Janet McTeer), a scheming widow, and Valmont (Liev Schreiber), a feckless womanizer, devote their lives to seducing younger men and women. There is little chemistry between them. Schreiber enters the room with bottles of champagne, and constantly pours drinks into glasses. He appears to be auditioning for a position as a sommelier. He seduces three young ladies during the play. This is the first time on Broadway that sex is not erotic. McTeer receives oral sex from a young lover. 
They are bored, and boring for the audience. The set is a decaying room, where the cast moves bits of furniture to indicate the frequent scene changes, introduced by monotonous music and singing. In other words, this is an overlong, tedious play.


Shakespeare is timeless. With a national election approaching, the esteemed Off-Broadway Red Bull Theater presented an updated, modern version of Coriolanus, with a charismatic Dion Johnstone in the title role, at the Barrow Street Theater. An excellent cast, which included the always marvelous Stephen Spinella, Patrick Page and Lisa Harrow, directed by Michael Sexton, offers a look at the corruption rampant in government. We celebrated the opening night at Houston Hall with guests Mark Linn-Baker and Michael Urie.


New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players is a New York Treasure. They keep the great words and music by the two geniuses alive. We were delighted to attend two short, entertaining one act operettas, Cox & Box and Trial by Jury at the Marjorie S. Deane Theater. The first was by Sullivan without Gilbert, but is a joy about two men living in the same room unknowingly. Daniel Greenwood, David Macaluso and Matthew Wages sang wonderfully, and were very funny. A singer was indisposed in the second, and Artistic Director Albert Bergeret rose to the occasion, and seated at the side of the stage, sang the role, while the performer acted and mouthed the words silently. Encores were sung to close the program, chosen by the audience. It was a grand night.


Film Society Lincoln Center presented a press preview of L'argent, by Robert Bresson, France, 1983. It opens on November 11. Although it is well made, and beautifully restored, it will not to be to everybody's taste. It is relentlessly grim, and it is cynical view of human life. It takes place in Paris, where a young student passes off counterfeit money. It continues to circulate, causing other people to lie, and causes trouble for an innocent victim. It leads to a miscarriage of justice, which ends in an horrendously. There is no humor and no pleasure in the film. It is depressing.


The Jewish Museum held a press preview for the French Designer and Architect Pierre Chareau: November 4-March 26, 2017. He designed exquisite furniture, and his Maison de Verre was an architectural jewel. He escaped from France during World War II, and came to New York. He died in 1950. It is a fascinating exhibition.


The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) held its Mad Ball at Pier 60: Chelsea Piers, and among the honorees for the Visionaries! Awards was Charles S. Cohen, (photo below), who attended with his lovely wife Clodagh "Clo". Charles is the President and CEO of Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, and active in film production, especially French cinema. I had the pleasure of photographing them twelve years ago when they first met. The gala was a lovely event.

The Guggenheim Museum presented a press preview of Tales of Our Time: November 4-March 10, 2017. Seven modern Chinese artists presented their artworks, which  include videos, paintings and sculpture, and includes tea being brewed and served in a Chinese tea garden. It is an imaginative and inventive exhibition, which every art lover will enjoy.


The Accessible Art Fair New York from Brussels in partnership with MvVO ART presented a wonderful exhibition of art by many international artists, including Grant Collier, USA, (Alan Cumming admired his art) (photo Below), Luc Vandervelde Lux, Belgium and Margaret Ann Withers, USA, three talented artists, with whom we spoke. I also chatted with the charming Maria van Vlodrop, Co-Founder & Director, Accessible Art air New York and Founder, MvVO ART. It runs from November 1-25 at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South. At the VIP Premier Event, sponsors were elit vodka from the House of Stoli, Brussels Airlines and Neuhaus chocolates with many partners. Besides the exquisite vodka and delicious chocolates, wine, caviar, cheese, fruit, crackers and crudites were served. It was a splendid evening.



The US Launch to kick off the 27th Rallye Aicha Des Gazelles Du Maroc, the unique off-road Rallye race for women only in the Moroccan desert, was held in the elegant French restaurant Rotisserie Georgette, 14 East 60th St. A cocktail reception featured excellent Moroccan wines, French champagne and delicious hors d'oeuvres. The Guest of Honor was Mrs. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. Unfortunately, the same evening, we were invited to a Gala Dinner at Essex House, and although we waited for  over an hour for Madame Lafrage to arrive, we regretfully had to leave without meeting the distinguished lady.


The 34th Anniversary New York Asian Women's Center (NYAWC) Phoenix Awards Benefit Gala was held at Essex House. The Gala Honoree was Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to receive the Pulitzer Prize. We missed the VIP cocktail reception, but arrived in time to dine on delicious filet mignon (my wife) and halibut (me), and hear a speech given by this remarkable lady. Also, there were performers, a comedian Aparna Nancherla and an Indie Rock Artist Queen V, who entertained the guests, followed by an auction, which raised funds for a noble cause. It was a superb evening.






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