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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben September 30, 2017



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

September 30, 2017


The Show-Off, by George Kelly, is a production of The Peccadillo Theater Company, at the Theatre at St. Clement's. It is a delightful, old-fashioned play about a liar named Aubrey Piper (Ian Gould), who intrudes on a family in Philadelphia and marries the younger daughter (Emma Orelove). It causes many complications, but fortunately ends happily, Among the nine member cast, who all perform wonderfully, is the mother (an outstanding Annette O'Toole) (photo below). They are directed expertly by Dan Wackerman. It is a joy to see a play with a clever plot and snappy dialogue without vulgar language. I congratulated the cast and creative team at the opening night party with guests like Michael McKean (Annette's proud husband) and Joan Copeland at Sardi's.


I attended The Dinner Detective, an interactive and immersive murder mystery dinner show, that has played around the country, and now is at the Bugis Street Brasserie and Gotham Room in the Millennium Broadway Hotel, 145 West 44th Street. One begins with a buffet meal of Singaporean/Asian food on the first floor, and then one goes to the second floor to watch two policemen solve a murder. To solve the crime of a man, who appears, stabbed to death, they interview the audience members, who are seated at various tables. The audience member, who correctly identifies the murderer, is rewarded with a prize. At the tables are various cast members, who are interviewed, and in many ways behave badly. It is all a lot of fun, and the audience enjoys being involved, with phony names to hide their real identity. For your information, I used the name of an actor, who resembles me ...Brad Pitt!


The Metropolitan Opera presented Norma, by Vincenzo Bellini, on a screen in Times Square on its opening night of the 2017-18 season. This is a new production by Sir David McVicar. I have never attended an outdoor production in Times Square before, but I was curious to see this opera again as it featured two of the leading singers at the Met, Sondra Radvanovsky, in the title, and Joyce DiDonato, as Aldagisa. I was not disappointed. Both sang magnificently, with powerful voices, strong in all registers, and when they combined in duets, it was glorious singing. Seen on film, one gains by seeing them in close ups, which in the opera house, even with high powered glasses, one cannot duplicate the experience.

The two principal male singers also rose to the occasion. Joseph Calleja as Pollione, a Roman Proconsul. and a sonorous Matthew Rose as the father of Norma. The orchestra played the melodious music brilliantly, under the baton of Carlo Rizzi, and the chorus, under Donald Palumbo, gave its usual high level performance. The production itself is dark and gloomy, and the costumes are dreadful, but they do not distract from the marvelous singing and music. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

The Hooters 2018 Swimsuit Calendar Launch benefitting Breast Cancer Awareness Month took place at Hooters NYC, 155 West 33rd Street.  I have attended this lovely event every year for the past eighteen years. I always photograph all the beautiful girls (photo below). This year Hika came from Hooters in Tokyo, Japan, where they have opened six restaurants. Chelsea is the cover girl from Hollywood, California, and she would like to be a film star. With her beauty and personality, I am sure she will become one. The Hooters calendar event is a marvelous affair, but do not mention this to my wife. I told her I was going to the library!


Another fabulous event is MvVO ART's Call for Artists from Advertising, featuring a new generation of contemporary artists from advertising. It will open in 2018. A reception was held to launch the program at Y & R at 3 Columbus Circle on the 18th floor, with a breathtaking view of Central Park. Various speakers spoke about the Ad Art show, which will be fascinating. I wanted to stay until the end, but I had to leave early to attend an opening night for an Off-Broadway play, The Show-Off, featuring the leading character named Aubrey. How could I miss a play which names a character after me!


53rd Street Library presented Chinatown, by Roman Polanski, USA, 1974, starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston. It is a convoluted story about political skullduggery involving water rights in Los Angeles. It is full of violence, which is not pleasant to watch, including  a repulsive scene where Polanski cuts Nicholson' nose. It is considered a film masterpiece of its genre, and I admit the acting by the entire cast is superb; but it is lacking in humor and overlong. I think showing brutal scenes is not very educational, and it leads to encouraging some people to imitate the violence shown on the screen.



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