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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben March 25, 2017



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March 25, 2017

On Broadway, The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams, at the Belasco Theatre, is a revival, that in no way resembles the original play. One of the actors is Madison Ferris, who must be the most courageous actress this season on Broadway. She has muscular dystrophy. and has to move in a wheelchair. The director Sam Gold has her mount some steps from the orchestra to the stage on her hands and legs. It is not a pretty sight. She is, however, a brave, fine actress, and the highlight of this absurd production takes place in the dark, lit by candles, a tender scene, where the Gentleman Caller (Finn Wittrock) bestows a kiss on her lovely face. Sally Field is the irritating mother and Joe Mantello is the son, who cannot wait to leave this pathetic household. All four actors perform well, in spite of what the director forces them to do. I do not believe that the deceased playwright would have enjoyed this production.


Miss Saigon, music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr and Alain Boubil, at the Broadway Theatre, is a new production of the musical, which first appeared on Broadway in 1991. It has an enormous cast, which is a pleasure to see, finally, on a Broadway stage, directed effectively by Laurence Connor. The musical staging and choreography is also effectively staged by Bob Avian. The set by Adrian Vaux is very well done, and the arrival of the famous helicopter is remarkable, a scenic masterpiece. The cast is quite good, headed by Jon Jon Briones (The Engineer), Eva Noblezada (Kim), Alistair Brammer (Chris) and Nicholas Christopher (John). The music is pleasant, and the story imitates the famous opera by PucciniMadama Butterfly. The first production was very successful, and I imagine that this one, set during the horrible war in Vietnam, will succeed also. The wonderful opening night party was held at Tavern on the Green, and I photographed cast members Viveca Chow and Minami Yusui (photo below), as well as Alistair and Nicholas.



Sweat, by Lynn Nottage, at Studio 54, opens on March 26. My review will appear in next week's column.


Off-Broadway, When It's You, by Courtney Baron, starring Ana Reeder, directed by Jonathan Silverstein, at the Clurman Theatre in Theatre Row, is a production of the Keen Company.



It is a one person 75-minute show on a bare stage, except for one chair. A 37-year old single woman inherits her dead mother's home, and moves back to her hometown, where her high school love is involved in a violent crime. It is not a happy tale. The opening night party took place in the lounge at Theatre Row with guests, Eric Slovin, Amy Ryan and Jason Butler Harner (photo below). Wine, beer and a specialty cocktail, Tornado Madness, were served, plus little snacks.


Food For Thought Productions presented The Dining Room, Act One, by A.R. Gurney, at the Coffee House Club, 20 West 44th St. The club is over 100-years old, and is full of atmosphere. The six member cast, Stephen Schnetzer, Michael Citriniti, Larry Pine, Delphi Harrington, Jennifer Harmon and Carole Shelley, directed by Anthony Marsellis, was superb.  Producer/Founding Director Susan Charlotte deserves to be congratulated for an entertaining afternoon.


New York City Center Encores! presented The New Yorkers, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Herbert Fields. I have seen all the Encores! productions, but this was, without doubt, the best ever. The cast was perfect. Everyone deserves to be mentioned for their magnificent singing and dancing. Outstanding was Arnie Burton in Let's Not Talk About Love, and Cyrille Aimee was marvelous with Love for Sale. The choreography by Chris Bailey was a delight to see, and the orchestra, conducted byRob Berman, never played better. The entire terrific production was directed by John Rando. The costumes, by Alejo Vietti, were stunning. I enjoyed every minute of the most entertaining show this season.


Gruppo Italiani (GI) hosted an Authentic Italian Cuisine & Culture Event at Il Gattopardo, 13-15 West 54th St. The restaurant owner Gianfranco Sorrentino introduced the speakers Maurizio Forte, John Mariani and Charles Scicolone, who spoke about Italian Cuisine. The members of Gruppo Italiano (GI) and press were served delicious hors d'oeuvres, while drinking red and white Italian wine, or prosecco. It was a lovely event.


I attended a photo op for Treat Williams and Stephen Adly Guirgis, who will appear in American Buffalo, by David Mamet, at the Dorset, Vt: Dorset Theatre Festival from August 24 - September 2. It is always a treat to see Treat and Stephen.




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