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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben -July 11, 2015


 

 

Aubrey Reuben

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

July 11, 2015

 
Off-Broadway, Show for Days, by Douglas Carter Beaneat the Lincoln Center Theater at the Mitzi Newhouse, has Michael Urie play a version of the playwright as he introduces the play, and then as a 14-year old boy, finding his goal in life in the theatre, and discovering that he is gay. He joins a theatre company in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1973 run by Patti LuPone, who dominates the play. Theatre enthusiasts might enjoy the play, and LuPone's over-the-top performance. Serious playgoers deserve better.

 
For its 39th season, Pan Asian Repertory put on its biggest musical ever, Sayonara, book by William Luce, lyrics by Hy Gilbert, music by George Fischoff, adapted from the novel by James A. Michener,  based on the film, with a cast of 19 at the Clurman Theatre on Theater Row. It takes place in occupied Japan after World War II, and shows that fraternization between American soldiers and Japanese women was not permitted. The cast sang and danced on the small stage wonderfully. We celebrated the opening at a party at West Bank Cafe.

 
MoMA is presenting Glorious Technicolor: From George Eastman House and Beyond June 5-August 5. Mogambo, by John Ford, USA, 1953, a safari film, filmed on location in many parts of Africa, with natives of the different regions. There are many shots of animals from gorillas to giraffes. The film is a magnificent travelogue. It is also a well acted, intelligent film, with clever dialogue. The four main actors are superb. Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly, with Clark Gable and Donald Sinden, have never been better. It is a glorious film from beginning to end. They do not make films like this today. 1953 was a wonderful year for Hollywood.

 
Gone with the Wind, by Victor Fleming, USA, 1939, is one of the landmark films to be made in Hollywood, and certainly one of the longest. It tells the tale of a strong minded young woman, Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) growing up on a plantation in Georgia before the American Civil War, and shows the effect of the war and its aftermath, the Reconstruction. It is an absorbing tale, and the lead actress is brilliant. An all star cast, includes Clark Gable, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland. They are all splendid. Hollywood never made a film to equal this one. It is a classic.

 
 

 
 

 


 

 


Summer Holiday, by Rouben Mamoulian, USA, 1948, is a musical version. based on Ah, Wilderness! the only comedy written by Eugene O'Neill, of an idealized family. Mickey Rooney is a mildly, rebellious 17-year old, about to be 
graduated from high school in a small town in Connecticut at the turn of the twentieth century, who is in love with his neighbor, Gloria De Haven. It is summer, and various family problems arise, but with an understanding father, Walter Houston, all is resolved happily. It is a modest, pleasant film.

 
Blood and Sand, by Rouben Mamoulian, USA, 1941, tells the story of the son of a bullfighter, Tyrone Power, who wants to become the finest bullfighter in Spain. We watch his rise and fall in one of the finest films about the spectacle. It is a well acted film, with fine performances by Power, Linda Darnell as his wife and Rita Hayworth, as a socialite who seduces Power. The story is absorbing, and the scenes in the bullring captures the danger of the ritual. The three leads could not be better.

 

Drums along the Mohawk, by John Ford, USA, 1939, is an excellent film about life in New York State during the Revolutionary War. It shows the trials and tribulations of the early American settlers. Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert are the young couple struggling to survive the burning of their home by Indians. They also have to battle the British soldiers. They survive for a peaceful future as independence is achieved. The two stars give wonderful performances.

 
Neptune's Daughter, by Edward Buzzell, USA, 1949, is a thoroughly entertaining film about mistaken identity. Red Skelton is mistaken for a South American polo player, and gives an hilarious performance, as he is pursued by a man crazy Betty Garrett. Esther Williams is a bathing suit entrepreneur, and has a happy ending with Ricardo Montalban, the real polo player. There are wonderful scenes of bathing beauties, and musical selections with Xavier Cugat and his orchestra. The song Baby, It's Cold Outside, by Frank Loesser, won the Academy Award.

 
MoMA presented 3-D Summer to July 4. Kiss Me Kate, by George Sidney, USA, 1953, is a revised version of the Broadway musical film in 3-D. Cole Porter composed the delightful score, and although many words and lyrics were changed by the censors for being two risque, the basic story of a musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew remains the same. Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson are the bickering divorced couple, who are starring in the musical, and Ann Miller steals many of the scenes with her marvelous dancing and comic acting. It is a thoroughly entertaining film. 
 

 

 
 
 

07-10-15 Cast members Edward Tolve and Natsuko Hirano at the opening night party for "Sayonara" at West Bank Cafe. 407 West 42nd St. Thursday night 07-09-15.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

07-10-15 Cast members Ya Han Chang and Morgan McCann at the opening night party for "Sayonara" at West Bank Cafe. 407 West 42nd St. Thursday night 07-09-15.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

07-10-15 Cast members Edward Tolve and Natsuko Hirano at the opening night party for "Sayonara" at West Bank Cafe. 407 West 42nd St. Thursday night 07-09-15

07-10-15 Cast members Ya Han Chang and Morgan McCann at the opening night party for "Sayonara" at West Bank Cafe. 407 West 42nd St. Thursday night 07-09-15

 

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