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November 21, 2015

A 90 minute play provides one of most fascinating nights on Broadway. Misery, by William Goldman, based on the novel by Stephen King, starring Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf, at the Broadhurst Theatre, is a magnificent production. It is a tale about a famous novelist (Bruce Willis), who is rescued from an almost fatal car accident by an obsessive fan (Laurie Metcalf). With broken bones, he is forced to live in her isolated house in a small town in Colorado, where she nurses him. She decides to keep him under her control, with frightening consequences. The revolving set, by David Korins of the rooms of the house, is splendid. The three member cast (Leon Addison Brown portrays a policeman), directed expertly by Will Frears, is simply superb. Willis in his Broadway debut gives a competent performance, and his many fans will be glad to see him on stage. However, Metcalf dominates the play, with an astonishing performance as a mentally unstable fan, who is determined to keep her injured guest with her at all costs. It is one of finest performances by a stage actress this season.

Ugly Lies The Bone, by Lindsey Ferretino, at the Black Box Theatre, at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, directed by Patricia McGregor, starring Mamie Gummer as an injured, disfigured soldier returning home to Florida from duty in Afghanistan. She gives a remarkable performance in a depressing play.

Steve, by Mark Gerrard, at the Pershing Square Signature Center is a production of The New Group. It is about middle age anxiety among gay couples, with a brilliant six member cast, directed by Cynthia Nixon. It has received splendid reviews, and we celebrated opening night at West Bank Cafe with the cast, plus Susan Hilferty, Francine Volpe, Marin Ireland and Lisa Kron. 


Stage and screen actor Bill Pullman and lighting designer Donald Holder were honored at the New York Stage and Screen 2015 Winter Gala at the Plaza Hotel. It was a wonderful event with many stars, like Jennifer Westfeldt, Carol Kane, Marlo Thomas, Paulo Szot, Julian Sands, Mark Linn-Baker, and many more too numerous to mention.

An interesting press conference was held for Carol at Essex House Marriott on Central Park South with the five leading actors, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy, director Todd Haynes and screenwriter Phyllis Nagy. I reviewed the film at the New York Film Festival, and found the acting superb, but the story quite unbelievable.

I went to Hooters, 155 West 33rd St. for the Battle of the Badges Weigh-In between fighters from the New York Fire and Police Departments, and hosted by former heavyweight boxer Gerry Cooney, scheduled for November 20, at Madison Square Garden. It was lots of fun. 


Angela Lansbury
 was honored at the York Theatre Company's 24th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala at Guastavino's, 409 East 59th St. Among the many guests were Melissa Errico, Karen Mason, Mario Cantone and, of course, her brother Edgar Lansbury. It was a lovely event.

The Hall of Fame dinner at The Palm, 250 West 50th St, after the induction of the honorees at the Gershwin Theatre, is always a wonderful affair. Julie Taymor, Ken Billington, Robert Falls, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Merle Debuskey, Tony Kushnerwere honored, and Stacy Keach, who was absent, and Roger Rees, who, unfortunately, passed away earlier this year. Among the presenters and guests were Thomas Schumacher, Susan Stroman, Jim Dale, Blythe Danner, Alfred Uhry, Dana Ivey, Lois Smith, Ethan McSweeny, Robert Wankel, Philip Smith and Phil Birsh.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Romanian Film Initiative presented four film screenings for the 10th edition of Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema, December 2-7. One Floor Below/Un etaj mai jos, by Radu Muntean, Romania/France/Germany/Sweden, 2015, is about a neighbor Sandu (Teodor Corban), who hears a heated argument between a girl and her boyfriend (Iulian Postelnicu) as he passes her door on the floor below. When she is found dead, murdered, he tries to avoid getting involved. However, his life becomes very complicated. It is an interesting film, and reveals the poor quality of life in present day Romania, with its stifling bureaurcracy.

Why Me?/De ce eu?, by Tudor Giurgiu, Romania/Bulgaria/Hungary, 2015, is based on a true story. A young, ambitious prosecutor (Emilian Opresa) is assigned to investigate corruption by a colleague. Hoping to advance in his career, he finds himself in a web of intrigue. It is a fascinating story, which results in tragedy. It reveals the extensive corruption in political life in Romania, and it states at the end of the film that many mayors and politicians in government have been charged with corruption over the last ten years, and few have been convicted.

Aferim!, by Radu Jude, Romania/Bulgaria/Czech Republic, 2015, is based on historical documents about the little discussed gypsy slavery in Southern Romania in the first part of the nineteenth century. A policeman and his son are ordered to find a runaway gypsy slave. They travel through forests, gypsy encampments, villages and, finally, capture him. Upon his return to the village, he is subjected to a horrific, brutal beating. The film shows the repulsive treatment of  gypsy slaves. It is a powerful film. The black and white photography is beautiful. The story is not, 

Intimate Bed/Patul conjugal, by Mircea Daneliuc, Romania, 1993, is about a movie theater manager, who lives a boring life, with a pregnant wife and two sons. He spends time in his office making love to the cashier of the theater on the desk. When a man hangs himself in the theater, his life is disrupted. The film is chaotic and the convoluted plot, contains many ridiculous scenes. For example, his wife rents the bedroom to a filmmaker making a pornographic film, which is gratuitous. The film attacks the terrible economic conditions in Romania in the early nineties. As an indictment of the political system it has a certain validity.

11-19-15 Director Cynthia Nixon and playwright Mark Gerrard at the opening night party for "Steve" at the West Bank Cafe. 407 West 42nd St. Wednesday night. 11-18-15.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

11-19-15 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (L) and Mike White screenwriter of the film "School of Rock" after the matinee performance of "School of Rock" at the Winter Garden Theatre. 1634 Broadway. Wednesday afternoon. 11-18-15.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

11-19-15 Director Cynthia Nixon and playwright Mark Gerrard at the opening night party for "Steve" at the West Bank Cafe. 407 West 42nd St. Wednesday night. 11-18-15

11-19-15 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (L) and Mike White screenwriter of the film "School of Rock" after the matinee performance of "School of Rock" at the Winter Garden Theatre. 1634 Broadway. Wednesday afternoon.


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