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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben - June 22, 2013



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June 22, 2013


06-18-13 (L-R) Anna Gilligan. Condola Rashad. Laura Osnes. Michael Urie. Christie Brinkley at the Inside Broadway 2013 Broadway Beacon Awards at Joe's Pub. 425 Lafayette St. Monday evening 06-17-13
06-18-13 (L-R) Anna Gilligan. Condola Rashad. Laura Osnes. Michael Urie. Christie Brinkley at the Inside Broadway 2013 Broadway Beacon Awards at Joe's Pub. 425 Lafayette St. Monday evening 06-17-13

Off-Broadway, Around the World in 80 Days, by Mark Brown, based on the novel by Jules Verne, is an inventive, imaginative production with just five actors playing multiple roles, which they perform excellently. The New Theater at 45th Street has been renovated, and is a delightful venue to see this marvelous show.

Dirty Great Love Story, written and performed by Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna, is a play about a couple, who meet, drink. have sex and do not enjoy each other's company for two years, until they realize that they are made for each other. It is a cute, romantic piece, in which the two amiable actors play five roles, and they are entertaining.  

The Two-Character Play, by Tennessee Williams, starring Brad Dourif and Amanda Plummer, opened, and the opening night party took place at Lucky Cheng's with the cast and Lee Roy Reams and Jim Brochu.



































American Ballet Theatre (ABT) presented Romeo and Juliet, choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, music by Sergei Prokofiev, with two magnificent dancers in the title roles. Roberto Bolle and Julie Kent are splendid as the two young lovers, and it is a joy to watch them perform. Craig Salstein was superb as Mercutio, with astonishing speed and turns. The rest of the cast danced extremely well, and the music, played by the orchestra under the baton of David LaMarche, is one of the composer's finest creations.

Inside Broadway 2013 Broadway 
Beacon Awards were held at Joe's Pub. The Executive Director Michael Presser greeted the guests. Christie Brinkley was the Honorary Chair and Anna  Gilligan was the Master of Ceremonies. The four recipients were Laura Osnes, Condola Rashad, Michael Urie and Alan Lind Bain. Six students from Marine Park IS 278 Brooklyn performed songs from Cinderella, and they were delightful. Jarrod Spector and his band also performed.  The reception and ceremony were a festive occasion.

Off Broadway Alliance 2013 Awards were held at Sardi's. Among the winners were Best New Play Vanya and Sonia and Marsha and Spike and Best New Musical Natasha, Pierre and the Comet of 1812. The host was Peter Breger and among the Legends honored were Kristine Nielsen, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Durang, Daryl Roth and A.R. Gurney. The reception and ceremony was another festive occasion.

Museum Hours
, by Jem Cohen, Austria/U.S, 2013, is an opportunity for museum lovers to visit Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. The highlight of the film is the museum guide explaining the Bruegel room to a group of visitors. It could have been an interesting documentary. Unfortunately, there is also a story about a museum guard escorting a Canadian woman (Mary Margaret O'Hara) around Vienna on gloomy, snowy days. The filmmaker is obviously obsessed with O'Hara, and we are compelled to watch her sleeping in a shabby hotel room, looking out of the window at an ugly wall and singing to herself. This is dull and adds nothing to the film.

Film Society of Lincoln Center held press screenings for the 2013 New York Asian Film Festival June 28- July 15. Gangster, by Kongkiat Khomsiri, Thailand, 2012, is a violent, bloody film about the fight between Thai gangs for control of their territory. Apparently based on facts from the 1950s and 1960s, it shows that the criminal element is the same throughout the world. IP: The Final Fight, by Herman Yau, Hong Kong, 2013, is another violent film about a master of Kung Fu, who teaches his pupils to defend themselves and learn his philosophy of life. Action lovers will enjoy both films. Two other films in the festival I must recommend. Mystery, by Lou Ye, China/France, 2012, begins with a young woman struck and killed by an automobile. In a flashback, we learn how she came to be wandering on a highway. It is a tale of modern China, about a middle class family, whose womanizing husband is indirectly the cause of the tragedy. Adultery plays a large role in this engrossing film, beautifully photographed and very well acted. It is a realistic view of life in modern China. Helter Skelter, by Mika Ninagawa, Japan, 2012, is a fascinating film, with magnificent photography, about a young model/actress (Erika Sawajiri) obsessed about losing her youth and beauty and fearing competition. She resorts to questionable plastic surgery, as well as a diet of pills. It is a powerful film, with a profound glimpse at celebrity life. The acting is superb, especially that of the leading lady.

MoMA is presenting Harris Savides: Visual Poet June 5-21. Greenberg, by Noah Baumbach, USA, 2010, features Ben Stiller as a middle age, lost soul recovering from a nervous breakdown in California, while looking after his brother's house. He has an unpleasant personality, which makes his character hard to tolerate for two hours on film. Savides, the late director of photography has filmed it quite well. MoMA presented The Apartment, by Billy Wilder, USA, 1960, which won the Academy Award as Best Picture. It was well deserved. It is a marvelous film, well acted by Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray. The story is intelligent and serious, and the dialogue is smart and quite funny. An employee's apartment being used by his bosses for adultery was a provocative subject at the time, but the magnificent director knew how to handle it. MoMA is presenting Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios June 5-July 8. Trail of the Vigilantes, by Dwan, USA, 1940, is a silly Western, attempting to produce belly laughs, but is really unfunny, All the characters are ridiculous, and they include fine actors like Franchot Tone, Broderick Crawford, Andy Devine and Mischa Auer. However, the director produced wonderful chase scenes between the bad guys and the good guys.

Opera in Cinema from Emerging Pictures presented Carmen, by Bizet, from Teatro alla Scala from a live performance on December 7, 2009. It was superbly sung by an excellent cast, headed by Anita Rachvelishvili in the title role, Jonas Kaufman (Don Jose), Erwin Schrott (Escamillo) and Adriana Damato (Micaela), with the orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim. The production was, in a word, dreadful. The staging and costumes, by Emma Dante, were unpleasant and ugly, and the sets by Richard Peduzzi were equally so. There were many things to criticize, but let me mention a few. In the first act, children were required to strip to their underwear for no reason. Carmen and some women from the tobacco factory were yanked on the floor by their hair after the fight, and in the last act, the bullfighters parade into the bullring stripped to the waist. Thank goodness, one could close one's eyes to enjoy the magnificent singing.


06-19-13 (L-R) Cast members Sigourney Weaver. David Hyde Pierce. Kristine Nielsen. playwright Christopher Durang "Uncle Vanya and Sonia and Marsha and Spike" received the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play at Sardi's. 234 West 44th St. Tuesday afternoon 06-18-13

06-19-13 (L-R) Cast members Sigourney Weaver. David Hyde Pierce. Kristine Nielsen. playwright Christopher Durang "Uncle Vanya and Sonia and Marsha and Spike" received the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play at Sardi's. 234 West 44th St. Tuesday afternoon 06-18-13


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