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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben - October 20, 2012


 

Aubrey Reuben

On the Town With Aubrey Reuben

Where All the Stars Shine Brightly!

October 20, 2012
 

10-14-12 Laura Osnes and Nathan Johnson at the opening night for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at the Booth Theatre. 222 West 45th St. Saturday night 10-13-12

10-15-12 Cast member Christa Scott-Reed and director Ciaran O'Reilly at the opening night party for "The Freedom of the City" at Jake's Saloon. 209 Ninth Ave. Sunday night 10-14-12

10-14-12 Laura Osnes and Nathan Johnson at the opening night for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at the Booth Theatre. 222 West 45th St. Saturday night 10-13-12

10-15-12 Cast member Christa Scott-Reed and director Ciaran O'Reilly at the opening night party for "The Freedom of the City" at Jake's Saloon. 209 Ninth Ave.
Sunday night 10-14-12

 
10-19-12 (L-R) Meera Gandhi. Alisyn Camerota. Donzelina A. Barroso at the launch of the book "Giving Back" by Meera Gandhi after a panel discussion by the three ladies about philantrophy in the East and the West at the Asia Society and Museum. 725 Park Avenue. Thursday night 10-18-12 10-19-12 Meera Gandhi at the launch of her book party "Giving Back" at the Asia Society and Museum. 725 Park Avenue. Thursday night 10-18-12

10-19-12 (L-R) Meera Gandhi. Alisyn Camerota. Donzelina A. Barroso at the launch of the book "Giving Back" by Meera Gandhi after a panel discussion by the three ladies about philantrophy in the East and the West at the Asia Society and Museum. 725 Park Avenue. Thursday night 10-18-12

10-19-12 Meera Gandhi at the launch of her book party "Giving Back" at the Asia Society and Museum.
725 Park Avenue. Thursday night 10-18-12

 
10-15-12 Cast members (L-R) James Russell. Cara Seymour. Joseph Sikora at the opening night party for "The Freedom of the City" at Jake's Saloon. 209 Ninth Ave. Sunday night 10-14-12 10-15-12 Cast members (L-R) Michael Cristofer. David Wilson Barnes. Jennifer Mudge. Maxx Brewer. Angela Lewis at the opening night party for "Don't Go Gentle" at 49 Grove. 49 Grove St. Sunday night 10-14-12

10-15-12 Cast members (L-R) James Russell. Cara Seymour. Joseph Sikora at the opening night party for "The Freedom of the City" at Jake's Saloon. 209 Ninth Ave.
Sunday night 10-14-12

10-15-12 Cast members (L-R) Michael Cristofer. David Wilson Barnes. Jennifer Mudge. Maxx Brewer. Angela Lewis at the opening night party for "Don't Go Gentle" at
49 Grove. 49 Grove St. Sunday night 10-14-12

 

10-19-12 Meera Gandhi at the launch of her book party "Giving Back" at the Asia Society and Museum. 725 Park Avenue. Thursday night 10-18-12

10-15-12 (L-R) Isiah Whitlock. Jr. playwright Stphen Belber. Mary McCann at the opening night for "Don't Go Gentle" at The Lucille Lortel Theatre. 121 Christopher St. Sunday night 10-14-12

10-19-12 Meera Gandhi at the launch of her book party "Giving Back" at the Asia Society and Museum. 725 Park Avenue. Thursday night 10-18-12

10-15-12 (L-R) Isiah Whitlock. Jr. playwright Stphen Belber. Mary McCann at the opening night for "Don't Go Gentle" at The Lucille Lortel Theatre. 121 Christopher St.
Sunday night 10-14-12

 



 

On Broadway, a revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, by Edward Albee, shows the play retains the same powerful impact as when it was first produced exactly fifty years ago. Tracy Letts gives an outstanding performance.The opening night party took place at Bond 45 with guests like Judd Hirsch, Lois Smith and Linda Edmond.
 
Off-Broadway, The Freedom of the City, by Brian Friel, is a splendid production, well acted, about three innocent victims, who take refuge in a government building during a peaceful demonstration in Northern Ireland and are mistaken for armed terrorists. The opening night celebration took place at Jake's Saloon.
 
Harper Regan, by Simon Stephens, is about a middle-aged woman (Mary McCann), who suddenly leaves her job, husband and daughter to return home to see her dying father. On his death, she has a series of encounters with strangers and her mother. Unfortunately, it is not entirely believable.
 
Don't Go Gentle, by Stephen Belber, is one of the more impressive plays of this season, with a fine five member cast, that includes a brilliant performance by Michael Cristofer as a retired judge, who helps a former black prison inmate and her teenage son with surprising consequences, especially for his own son and daughter. The opening night party was at 49 Grove, with guests Tonya Pinkins, Montego Glover and Adam Duritz among others.
 
Modern Terrorism, Or They Who Want To Kill Us, and How We Learn To Love Them, by Jon Kern, is a silly play about a serious subject. The plot revolves around three incompetent terrorists preparing to explode a bomb in the Empire State Building. This is interrupted, when a neighbor delivers a package meant for them which he mistakenly received. There is lots of sitcom type humor, which really doesn't amount to much.
 
I was invited to dress rehearsal of The World of Dance: Stars of the 21st Century. Unfortunately, we only had the opportunity to see the Grand Finale by all the performers.
 
I attended a book launch party for Giving Back, by Meera Gandhi, at the Asia Society and Museum, which was preceded by an interesting  panel discussion by the author, with Donzelina A. Barroso and moderator Aliseyn Camerota. It was a lovely occasion.
 
The 50th New York Film Festival closed withe following two films. No, by Pablo Larrain, Chile/USA/Mexico, 2012, takes place in 1988, when the dictator Pinochet allowed a plebiscite to receive a vote to continue his tyrannical rule. An ad man (Gael Garcia Bernal) is in charge of the television no campaign against  the ruler. It is a fascinating look at the way television affects political life. and I recommend this intelligent film highly, especially at this particular time in our own history.
 
The second film was the highlight of the excellent festival. Flight, by Robert Zemekis, USA, 2012, features a magnificent performance by Denzel Washington as an alcoholic, drug addicted pilot of a commercial jet, which because of mechanical deficiencies, crashes with the loss of life of six passengers and crew. We follow the ongoing investigation and the effect of this horrendous accident on the pilot. It is a superb film with a marvelous cast. 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 







 

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Opera in Cinema from Emerging Pictures presented L'Italiana in Algeri, by Rossini, a production of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna captured live at a performance in May. It is a pleasant opera with typical bubbling music of Rossini. The cast was first rate, with fine performances, in particular, by Michele Pertusi, Marianna Pizzolato in the title role, and Paolo Bordogna. It was quite enjoyable and another fine addition to this splendid series.
 
Wild Girl, by Raoul Walsh, USA, 1932, is a pleasant western, starring a young, pretty Joan Bennett, pursued by many admirers. It is quite an innocent look at cowboy films with comic characters, adorable children and the occasional villain. Bennett steals the film, and it reflects a time when extreme violence was not necessary in films.
 
MoMA is presenting a series of wonderful films under the title of To Save and Project: The 10th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation October 11-November 12. Lola, by Jacques Demy, France 1961, features an unmarried Anouk Aimee in the title role, with a seven-year old son, as a dancer in a cabaret in Nantes, searching for happiness. We see a variety of characters from the town, including American sailors on leave. It is a charming, enjoyable film in black and white.
 
Justine, by George Cukor, USA, 1969, is a lavish production, based on Lawrence Durrell's Alexandra Quartet, with an all star international cast. and again Anouk Aimee in the title role. The hedonistic life in the port city of Egypt is well portrayed through the eyes of an English teacher (Michael York), as he mingles with a series of exotic and erotic characters including Justine. With the smuggling of arms and spying, it is quite a mysterious thriller, concerning the politics of the region. It is fascinating film.
 
Sparrers Can't Sing (aka Sparrows Can't Sing), by Joan Littlewood, UK, 1963, takes place during the day a tough seaman (James Booth) returns home, in the East End of London, after two years at sea. He searches for his abandoned wife (Barbara Windsor), now living with a married bus driver. Scenes take place in the squalid homes amid family strife, and the grimy local pub, where customers drink and express their frustration with their fists without the slightest hesitation. It is a grim, depressing, realistic picture of working class life in the 1960s.
 
Wild Girl, by Raoul Walsh, USA, 1932, is a pleasant western, starring a young, pretty Joan Bennett, pursued by many admirers. It is quite an innocent look at cowboy films with comic characters, adorable children and the occasional villain. Bennett steals the film, and it reflects a time when extreme violence was not necessary in films.


 

10-14-12 David Henry Hwang and Jennifer Lim at the opening night for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at the Booth Theatre. 222 West 45th St. Saturday night 10-13-12

10-14-12 David Henry Hwang and Jennifer Lim at the opening night for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at the Booth Theatre. 222 West 45th St. Saturday night 10-13-12

 
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