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October 17, 2015

 






 

The opportunity to see great actors perform on a Broadway stage is the reason to see Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones in The Gin Game, by D.L.Coburn, at the Golden Theatre. The two actors in their 80s and 90s could be at home entertaining their grandchildren, but instead they are delighting their audiences in a modest two character play, directed expertly by Leonard Foglia. They play two elderly patients in a home for the aged. The cantankerous man decides to teach the lady how to play gin rummy, and begins to become more and more frustrated as she wins every game. He begins to curse and grow violent. Although he apologizes at times, and there is a sweet moment in the second act, where they even dance together, it is obvious they were not meant for each other. The two actors are simply wonderful, and well worth the price of admission.

 
Off-Broadway, Would You Still Love Me If..., by John S. Anastasi, at New World Stages, is about two lesbians in love, but one is dissatisfied living as a woman, and wishes to have a sex change operation to become a man. This causes a strong change in their idyllic relationship. The four member cast, headed by Kathleen Turner as the mother of the frustrated daughter and director of the play, give excellent, realistic performances.

 
Clever Little Lies, by Joe DiPietro, at the Westside Theatre, is an amusing play, with four splendid actors, directed by David Saint. A married son (George Merrick) tells his father (a wonderful Greg Mullavey) that he has found true love with a young 23-year old physical trainer at his gym. His mother (Marlo Thomas) decides to intervene to save her son's marriage. The opening night party was full of celebrities at BEA, 403 West 43rd St, with guests like Diane Sawyer, Diane von Furstenberg, Barry Diller, Mark Linn Baker, Daryl Roth and Marlo's husband Phil Donahue. We were served delicious hors d'oeuvres and fine wines at a delightful party.

 
The New York City Ballet presented a program of two ballets. Harlequinade, music of Richard Drigo, choreography by George Balanchine, is a charming two act ballet, which will delight all the family. The first act is a Commedia dell'arte, full of fun, in which a father wants his daughter, Colombine (Tiler Peck), to marry  a rich old man, while she loves Harlequin (Joaquin de Luz). It ends happily in the second act with the divertissements, featuring, among others, the adorable children of the School of American Ballet. The scenery and costumes by Rouben Ter-Arutunian are bright and colorful, and the dancing is superb. Peck and de Luz are spectacular in the second act with their solos and duets, and Daniel Ulbricht, Erica Pereira and Lauren King are excellent. The program concluded with N. Y. Export: Opus Jazz, music by Robert Prince, choreography by Jerome Robbins, a typical modern dance piece to jazz music.

 
I attended a 360degree music video of You're in the Band from School of Rock - The Musical, introduced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, at the Winter Garden Theatre. Book writer Julian Fellowes and lyricist Glenn Slater were also present and posed for photographs. I eagerly await the opening night on November 9.

 
I attended Meet the cast of Fiddler on the Roof, starring Danny Burstein, where they performed four selections from the musical, at New 42nd Street Studios. I eagerly await opening night on Sunday December 20.

 
 when Cate Blanchett is nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar Award for Blue Jasmine. Nicholas Kristoff wrote about it in his column in The New York Times and printed a letter from Dylan.
 
The 53rd New York Film Festival had its final press screening. Miles Ahead, by Don Cheadle, USA, 2015, is about Miles Davis (Don Cheadle), famous as a jazz musician, who became a recluse as he grew older, sinking into cocaine addiction, alcoholism and violence. He was not a likable man. His cruel treatment of one of his wives (a lovely Emayatzy Corinealdi) reveals his craziness. A phony reporter (Ewan McGregor) gains access to his home, and becomes, more or less, his companion. With a series of flashbacks, we see Davis as a talented, successful musician, and are horrified to watch his degeneration. The film is powerful, brutal, and riveting. Jazz fans will enjoy the musical selections.

 
A commercial film Love, by Gaspar Noe, France, 2015, in 3D, is about a filmmaker, Murphy (Karl Glusman) who receives a phone call from the worried mother of the former love of his life, Electra (Aomi Muyock), who has disappeared. He begins to remember the scenes of their life together years ago. The film is overlong, and even a voyeur would become bored from many of the erotic scenes. We see penis ejaculation, a threesome with another woman, a visit to a sex club for an orgy, a scene with a transvestite, a tryst in the bathroom with another girl at a party. They talk constantly of their undying love in walks in a park where they met, in a cemetery, down dark streets, and even in a long drawn out verbal battle in a taxi ending with a passionate kiss. It takes place in Paris. The actors are physically attractive, and hardworking. A shorter film, perhaps of 90 minutes, instead of 134 minutes, would have been more enjoyable.

 
Giselle, music by Adolph Adam, is one of the finest ballets ever produced. The production by the Bolshoi Ballet is marvelous. An HD screening at an AMC Cinema was held on Sunday afternoon, October 11, and it was superb. Svetlana Zhakarova is one of the leading ballerinas of the company, and her performance, as the tragic heroine, was magnificent. She is, without doubt, one of the most splendid dancers in the world of ballet. Sergei Polunin as Albrecht supported her excellently. The entire company was in top form. It was a delight to see this performance. 

 
I received an advanced uncorrected proof of a biography, Woody, by David Evanier, from St. Martin's Press. It is a love letter to Woody Allen by an enthusiastic admirer. For fans of Allen's films, they will enjoy the first biography of the filmmaker in 20 years. Evanier interviews his childhood friends, as he grew up in Brooklyn. He devotes an entire chapter to an interview with Dick Cavett, who has been Woody's friend since 1961. He quotes extensively from film critics like John Simon and Pauline Kael. In a three page epilogue, he visits Woody in his office in 2015, where he reflects on his happy married life of 18 years with his third wife, Soon-Yi, and their two adopted children. He devotes many pages to describing Allen's successful films, and lists them in an index at the end of the book. The book will be published in November on Allen's 80th birthday. An intriguing paragraph on page 207 mentions a two year secret relationship with a 17-year-old Stacey Nelkin, when he was 40. She refused to be interviewed on the advice of her lawyer. There is also a birthday message from his first wife, Harlene Rosen, at the end of the book. Finally, he devotes many pages to the alleged sexual abuse of Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, in 1992. The incident comes up again in 2014, when Cate Blanchett is nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar Award for Blue Jasmine. Nicholas Kristoff wrote about it in his column in The New York Times and printed a letter from Dylan.

 

 

10-29-15 Cast members Erin Dilly (L) and Kate Baldwin at the opening night party for "Songbird" at Johnny Utah's. 25 West 51st St.. Wednesday night. 10-28-15.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

10-29-15 Kids' Night On Broadway Ambassadors Marlee Matlin (L) and Kelli O'Hara at a press conference announcing the 20th Kids' Night On Broadway for Tuesday. February 9. 2016 at Southern Hospitality. 645 Ninth Avenue. Wednesday morning. 10-28-15.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

10-29-15 Cast members Erin Dilly (L) and Kate Baldwin at the opening night party for "Songbird" at Johnny Utah's.
25 West 51st St.. Wednesday night. 10-28-15

10-29-15 Kids' Night On Broadway Ambassadors Marlee Matlin (L) and Kelli O'Hara at a press conference announcing the 20th Kids' Night On Broadway for Tuesday. February 9. 2016 at Southern Hospitality. 645 Ninth Avenue.
Wednesday morning. 10-28-15

 

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