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09-30-14 Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei. Founder of FOCOS. was honored at the Seventh Annual FOCOS Gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. 80 Columbus Circle. Monday night. 09-29-14.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben


09-30-14 Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei. Founder of FOCOS. was honored at the Seventh Annual FOCOS Gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. 80 Columbus Circle. Monday night. 09-29-14

Finally, one can attend a play on Broadway, and laugh from beginning to end. The revival of the 1936 play You Can't Take It With You, by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, at the Longacre Theatre, is a fun filled evening, with an all-star cast, expertly directed by Scott Ellis. The scenic design by David Rockwell deserves a special mention for its turntable, revealing the exterior and interior of the Martin Vanderhof home. The humor from 1936 is as fresh today as it was almost 80 years ago. The eccentric family lives to enjoy the moment. The grandfather James Earl Jones does not pay his income tax. The father Mark Linn-Baker makes fireworks in the basement. The mother Kristine Nielsen is writing a play, because a typewriter was delivered to the house by mistake. A daughter Annaleigh Ashford wants to be a ballerina and dances around the house on point. Another daughter Rose Byrne is the only normal one and wants to marry the son of her wealthy boss. Every actor is perfectly cast, and almost all of the above are scene stealers, including Julie Halston as a drunken actress in the second act. Enjoy a hilarious night on Broadway. The opening night party took place at Brasserie 8 1/2 with many celebrities like Boyd Gaines, Glenn Close, Tommy Tune and John Lithgow.

On Broadway, if you want to listen to cliches about theatre people, go see The Country House, by Donald Margulies, at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, a thoroughly boring play, lacking in imagination, and embarrassing for a fine six member cast, directed by Daniel Sullivan. Blythe Danner is an aging actress performing in summer theatre inWillamstown. She invites a TV star Daniel Sunjata to stay in her country house, which is populated with four other superficial characters, her frustrated, neurotic son, her granddaughter, and her former son-in-law, with his new young fiancee. Nothing happens in this dull play, that is realistic. It is just a lot of talk, with, occasionally, a few witty lines. Danner, as always, is a delight to see on stage.

Off-Broadway, Indian Ink, by Tom Stoppard, is an overlong play about India in 1930. A pretty young poet (a very good Romola Garai) comes to India for her health, and meets an Indian painter (Firdous Bamji), who paints her portrait. 50 years later in England, her widowed sister (the magnificent Rosemary Harris) meets with the Indian painter's son, and an English professor, who wants to write a biography about the poet. Stoppard is a very intelligent playwright, and some of his plays are very good. But this one is not. He overloads his play with lots of Indian history, as well as creating characters with little charisma. The length of the play is interminable and boring. One can only watch with delight the two leading actresses.

I attended a wonderful Seventh Annual FOCOS Gala at the Mandarin Oriental honoring the founder Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjeu and Dikembe Motombo, the NBA legend. The mission of FOCOS is to provide optimum orthopedic care and improve the quality of life in Ghana, Ethiopia and other West African countries . It is very worthy cause.
























































I attended a cocktail reception for The Geffen Playhouse at the Lambs Club in the Chatwal Hotel. The playhouse produced three plays in New York last season, and this week The Country House opened on Broadway. it was a pleasant event with many of the theatre community present. 

The press screenings for the 52nd New York Film Festival September 26-October 12, 2014 continue. Saint Laurent, by Bertand Bonello, France, 2014, is the second film this year that I have seen this year about the famous French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. The other was directed by Jalil Lespert. Both cover the the sensation that Saint Laurent became in Paris, and both cover his dark side as a manic-depressive, promiscuous, and addicted to drugs and acohol. The acting is first rate, and lovers of fashion will enjoy the scenes of his costumes worn by lovely models. It is a powerful film.

The Blue Room/La chambre bleue, by Mathieu Amalric, France 2014, stars the director as a married man in the first scene committing adultery in the blue room with a married woman (Stephanie Cleau) in a provincial French town. It is quite a graphic sexual encounter. When their respective wife and husband are found dead, the two lovers are investigated, and the tragedy begins. it is an intriguing mystery, and the two stars are terrific. A Q & A followed the screening with Amalric, who is charming.

National Gallery, by Frederick Wiseman, USA/France, 20014, is a documentary about London's National Gallery. We see many paintings, and the art historians explain many aspects of their creation. We see paintings being restored, and many exhibits, including one by Titian and another by Turner. It is a very educational film, and after three hours, one feels that one knows the gallery intimately. Art lovers will be delighted watching this film.

Timbuktu, by Abderrahmane Sissako, France/Mauritania, 2014, is a film about the takeover of the city in Mali by religious fanatics, the jihadists, and their imposition of the Sharia law. It is a depressing look at the pain and misery, that people suffer under these fanatics, who ban smoking, music, and force women to wear socks and gloves. There is a horrible scene where a man and a woman are buried in the ground and stoned. It is a powerful indictment about what is happening in many parts of the world, especially in the Middle East and Africa.

Iris, by Albert Maysles. USA, 2014, is a documentary about Iris Apfel, a 93-year-old lady, who became a star in the fashion world, with her outrageous sense of style. She is a delight to watch as she appears in stores, showing off her collections, including one at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, being interviewed, giving a course at the University of Texas and celebrating her husband's 100th birthday. They have been married for 66 years. She is bright, alert, witty, and charming. She is an inspiration for the joy of living. I enjoyed every minute of this splendid documentary.

Red Army, by Gabe Polsky. USA, 2014, is a documentary about the history of the Red Army Soviet ice hockey, beginning with Stalin. It features historical footage as they build their team to be the most successful in the world. It is also the story of one of their most famous players Slava Fetisov, the captain of their team, who was idolized in the Soviet Union. When he decided to play in  the United States, he was vilified in both countries. Fortunately, his skill was recognized in the United States, and Russia welcomed him back, and appointed him the Minister of Sport. It is  a fascinating documentary. The Q &A with the director and Fetisov, revealed the charm of the Russian legend.

Mr. Turner, by Mike Leigh, UK, 2014, is a beautifully photographed film about the English painter J.M.W. Turner (a brilliant performance by Timothy Spall), which captures the eighteenth century life in England perfectly. It is certainly one of the highlights of the festival, and art lovers will enjoy it immensely. The entire cast is marvelous, with outstanding performances by Marion Bailey and Dorothy Atkinson as two of the women in his life, who supported and comforted him. He was a difficult man to live with with his obsession to capture a luminous light on his canvas. The director and three actors were present at the Q & A following the screening.


09-29-14 Cast member Rose Byrne at the opening night party for "You Can't Take It With You" at Brasserie 8 1/2. 9 West 57th St. Sunday night. 09-28-14.  Photo by:  Aubrey reuben

09-29-14 Cast member Rose Byrne at the opening night party for "You Can't Take It With You" at Brasserie 8 1/2. 9 West 57th St. Sunday night.





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