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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben October 14, 2017



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On the Town With Aubrey Reuben
Where All the Stars Shine Brightly!

October 14, 2017


A revival of Time and the Conways, by J. B. Priestley, at the American Airlines Theatre, features an all star cast, headed by a marvelous Elizabeth McGovern. When she explodes in the second act telling each of her children what she really thinks of them, she steals the show. It's a powerful performance. Another highlight was in the third act, when Brooke Bloom as the school mistress daughter Madge jumps on the couch to persuade a young solicitor (Alfred Narciso) to join her in changing the world. At the preview I attended, the audience burst out with spontaneous applause for her acting in that scene. The play itself is old fashioned, and the first act, which takes place in 1919, could bore the audience with the six siblings dressing up to perform charades at a party in their home, but have patience, because the second (eighteen years later in 1937) and third (returns to 1919) acts have much to say about families, and the destruction of the world with war, violence and economic injustice. The playwright was a brilliant writer, and thank goodness, I did not have to listen to vulgar language and profanity.


 book, music and lyrics by Eric B. Sirota, directed and choreographed by Clint Hromsco, has a seven member cast, with Anessa Marie as the musical director accompanying them at the piano. The story of a creature (Danny Bristoll) brought to life by a doctor, and the destruction he brings on him and his wife, is based on the Mary Shelley's classic novel. The music is pleasant and easy on the ear. The singing by the creature is fine,  as is that by Charles Baran in two roles. They have strong voices. The rest of the cast did not impress, and the production is slow moving.

The Home Place, by Brian Friel, directed by Charlotte Moore (photo below), at the Irish Repertory Theatre, is a magnificent production with an eleven member cast, all of whom are superb. It takes place in 1878 in Ballybeg, County Donegal, and we see a love triangle between a beautiful young lady (Rachel Pickup) and a father and son. Also the tension that exists between native Irishmen and intrusive English land owners is depicted realistically. It is one of the best theatrical experiences of the season. The opening party took place at Jake's Saloon, 202 9th Avenue, where we had the opportunity to congratulate the brilliant cast.

I attended a photo op for School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, by Jocelyn Biohat Signature Theater Center. The nine member cast is directed by Rebecca Taichman. The play opens on November 16 at the Lucille Lortel Theater, 121 Christopher Street. I eagerly await opening night.
A wonderful food tasting was held at Bocaditos Bistro and Expresso, 4863 Broadway at 204th Street.  Executive Chef Alexis Pimentel prepared magnificent food for us to enjoy. It began with a scrumptious hors d'oeuvres which was a cheese plate, followed by a croquette sampler of Japanese eggplant, smoked mozzaella, almond and goat cheese and brie cheese bite. Next was seafood tartar of yellowfin tuna, wild salmon, Maryland lump crabmeat, guacamole, spicy chipotle dressing. Then pesto risotto,with heirloom tomato, burrata and speck. Beef Tagliata followed with herb crusted filet mignon, wild mushroom couscous, arugula and Reggiano salad. The dessert sampler consisting of three specialties was delicious. All this with fine wines. My Sauvignon Blanc from Chile was indescribable. I urge everyone who loves to eat to visit this charming restaurant.

I attended a glorious gala, produced by Larry Scott (photo below) of Lawrence Scott Events , the Global Lyme Alliance 2017 3rd Annual New York Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. Marisol Thomas and Joseph Abboud were honored, with musical entertainment by Rob Thomas and Chris Daughtry, introduced by Master of Ceremonies Rosanna Scotto. Among the guests at this wonderful event was Ramona Singer, Ally Hilfiger and Debbie Siciliano, and my dear friends Co-Chairs Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder, former owners of the Four Seasons Restaurant, where I spent many enjoyable evenings. I look forward to their new restaurant at 280 Park Avenue opening in March, 2018. It was lovely evening.


Steven Colucci is a magnificent painter, and it was a delight to attend The Hudson York Group at Morgan Stanley presentation of many of Colucci's paintings on the walls at Angel Orensanz, 172 Norfolk St. Delicious hors d'oeuvres were served and we sipped exotic cocktails, with Milagro Silver tequila from Mexico, Hendrik's gin from Scotland, Reyka vodka from Iceland, Monkey Shoulder, blended malt Scotch Whisky from, where else, but Scotland. We went to the second floor to taste Piper-Heidsieck Rara 2002 Champagne  and their brandy. We had an intoxicating evening. It was memorable.

Squeamish, written and directed by Aaron Mark, at the Beckett Theatre Theatre Row, is a one person play, starring Alison Fraser. It opens on October 16, and my comments will be in my next column.




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