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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben - April 16, 2016

 

Aubrey Reuben

On the Town With Aubrey Reuben
Where All the Stars Shine Brightly!
April 16, 2016

 

Dementia in the theater is the illness of the last few weeks. A Broadway show features a mother/grandmother, who babbles incoherently. An Off-Broadway play has a mother, who has moments of memory loss. Now, in The Father, by Florian Zeller, at the Samuel F. Friedman Theatre, we have an 80-year-old man (Frank Langella) suffering from dementia. The problem with this illness is that the sufferer repeats the same lines repeatedly. He also has a problem with a missing watch. It is not dramatic, and it forces the audience to suffer also. Langella does an excellent job, as does Kathryn Erbe as his daughter. However, the play is a grim, depressing 90 minutes in twelve brief scenes, interrupted by horrendous, blinding lighting. Doug Hughes directed the six member cast. The other four contribute little to the play.


 

Fully Committed, by Becky Mode, at the Lyceum Theatre, opens on April 26. My review will appear after its opening.


 

American Psycho, book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, opens on April 21. My review will appear after its opening.


 

Waitress, book by Jessie Nelson, music & lyrics by Sara Bareilles, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, opens April 24. My review will appear after its opening.


 

Mike Birbiglia Thank God For Jokes, directed by Seth Barrish, at the Lynn Redgrave Theater, is 90 minutes of stand-up comedy by Mike Birbiglia on a bare stage except for a stool. He works hard, and the audience seemed delighted with his shenanigans.


Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema presented Don Quixote, choreography by Alexei Fadeyechev after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky, music by Ludwig Minkus, with two brilliant. dancers. Ekaterina Kryanova as Kitri and Semyon Chudin as Basilio were outstanding.


 


 Their speed, their dexterity, their turns, the lifts were a joy to behold. I enjoyed every minute of this colorful ballet, and I left the cinema exhilarated. The entire cast was marvelous, with soloists like Olga Smirnova (Queen of the Dryads), Ruslan Skvortsov (toreador) and Anna Tikhomirova (Street Dancer)  exciting to watch. The Bolshoi corps de ballet is unequaled. The costumes and the sets were sumptuous, and were a delight to the eye. It was glorious event filmed live from Moscow. 


Honoree Cora Cahan, The New 42nd Street President and New Victory Arts Award recipient posed for a photo with Sarah Jessica Parker at New 42nd Street Studios. An open bar and buffet greeted the guests before attending the program at the New Victory Theater. Among the guests at this festive occasion, I chatted with Mark Linn-Baker, Tiler Peck, Tony Yazbeck, Kate Reinders, Bill Irwin and another honoree Mortimer Zuckerman.


 

High-Rise, by Ben Wheatley, UK, 2016, features a cast of fine mostly British actors wasted in a ridiculous film. The film pretends to show the decadence of the British upper class in a new building that is falling apart. The dialogue is superficial. The music is unpleasant to the ear. The hordes of screaming children at a high decibel level is equally unpleasant. The appearance of child in a room where his mother is copulating with a neighbor is just plain sick. The sci-fi thriller is meant to shock, but with all the unpleasantness in the real world today, it contributes nothing to our understanding of what turns people into savages. It is a disappointing film.


 

I rarely go to Queens, but we were invited to the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave in Astoria, to attend a program by a delegation from the Giuzhou province in China to promote the beautiful area, full of mountains, caves, quaint villages with colorful minorities in traditional costumes, who sing and dance exquisitely, and features the highest waterfall in Asia. We saw films and photographs, and a number of speakers described the wonders of the province. Yan, an international opera singer, sang a Puccini aria, followed by a song from her native hometown in Guizhov. My wife is Chinese and has never visited Guizhou. We plan to visit.

 

 
 

04-16-16 Sarah Jessica Parker at the New 42nd Street 25th Anniversary Gala at New 42nd Street Studios. 229 West 42nd St. Monday night 04-11-16.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

04-16-16 Former Mayor David Dinkins and former First Lady of New York Joyce Dinkins who was honored at the opening night of the Dance Thestre of Harlem at New York City Center. 131 West 55th St. Wednesday night 04-06-16.  Photo by:  Aubrey reuben

04-16-16 Sarah Jessica Parker at the New 42nd Street
25th Anniversary Gala at New 42nd Street Studios.
 229 West 42nd St. Monday night 04-11-16

04-16-16 Former Mayor David Dinkins and former First Lady of New York Joyce Dinkins who was honored at the opening night of the Dance Thestre of Harlem at New York City Center. 131 West 55th St. Wednesday night 04-06-16

 

Gerard Mc Keon and Joyce Brooks.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/Blacktiemagazine.com

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