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Black Tie International:
On The Town With Aubrey Reuben October 21, 2017

 

 

Aubrey Reuben

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

October 21, 2017




Squeamish
, written and directed by Aaron Mark, at the Beckett Theatre Theatre Row, is a one person play, starring Alison Fraser (photo below). As she sits in an armchair on a bare stage as a mentally disturbed psychiatrist, she talks for ninety minutes about horrible incidents in her life. It is not pleasant, and neither is the play. However, the opening night party at the West Bank Cafe, 407 West 42nd St, was a delightful affair where Alison was congratulated for her astonishing performance with guests like Rebecca Luker, Chip Zien and Daphne Rubin Vega.

 

Torch Song, by Harvey Fierstein, at 2ndStage, is a wonderful production. An outstanding Michael Urie stars as a drag queen searching for love in New York in the 70s. A superb Mercedes Ruehl appears in the second act as his widowed mother living in Miami. Their interaction is the highlight of the play. The entire six member cast is directed expertly by Moises Kaufman. It is one of the finest theatrical experiences of the season.

 

The Divine Order, written and directed by Petra Volpe, Switzerland/Germany, 2016, at the Film Forum, is one of the finest films that I have seen this year. It takes place in a picturesque Swiss village in 1971, where a dutiful wife and mother (a remarkable Marie Leuenberger) suddenly becomes political, and leads a group of women to fight for the right to vote in a male dominated society. The acting by the entire cast is superb. The photography is sublime. There are scenes that are humorous, in spite of the repressive atmosphere in the village when the women fight for liberation. I enjoyed every minute of this magnificent film. It will leave an indelible impression on all who see it.
 

 

1945, by Ferenc Torok, Hungary, 2017, is a powerful film, that takes place, after the Allied victory in Europe in World War II, in  a small Hungarian village. Two Jews arrive, and the villagers are fearful that they want to reclaim their homes and possessions, which the villagers stole when they denounced them and they were sent to a concentration camp. The entire cast is wonderful, and the sin of greed is vividly portrayed. The film will leave, as I mention in a previous review of The Divine Order, an indelible impression on all who see it. Both films were given a press screening at Film Forum, which is a jewel among New York cinemas.

 

Honorees David Rothenberg (photo below) and R. Erin Craig were given awards at Houses of the Moon Theater Company's Amplify 2017 Benefit at a splendid party with delicious hors d'oeuvres and an open bar at Gotham Comedy Club, 208 West 23rd St. There were performances by three musicians called the Juancho Herrera Trio, and selections from the company's productions. It was a lovely affair.
 


Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff is on the cover of New York Lifestyles Magazine September issue, and she was the center of attraction, surrounded by her many friends and admirers, at a reception, with hors d'oeuvres and an open bar, at Jue Lan Club, 49 West 20th St.


It was another pleasant event, at what was once Limelight Disco, one of my favorite nightspots in the past.

I photographed the cast and playwright and director at a Meet & Greet was held for 
20th Century Blues
, by Susan Miller. A six member cast is directed by Emily Mann. I eagerly await opening night on November 26 at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

 

Record Producer Tony Bongiovi and Stephen Webber, who is the Dean of Berklee College of Music, were honored at a lovely reception at Power Station at Berklee NYC, 441 West 53rd St. Many famous recording artists attended. As I had to attend the opening night of an Off-Broadway show (see below), I took a quick photo of the honorees, and toasted them with delicious glass of Chardonnay.


A revival of The Lonely Planet, by Steven Dietz, is a Keen Company production. Two splendid actors, Arnie Burton and Matt McGrath, directed by Jonathan Silverstein, give fine performances. When it was first produced, the AIDS epidemic killed many of their friends, and the two characters are fearful. We congratulated the creative team at the opening night party at the Lovage Rooftop Bar, 360 West 40th St, with guests Kathleen Chalfant and Stephen DeRosa.
 

 

This One's For The Girls, by Dorothy Marcic, directed and choreographed by Tamara Kangas Erickson, at St. Luke's Theatre, opens on October 27. My review will appear in next week's column. However a lovely party was held at the Palm Restaurant, 250 West 50th St, after the preview that I attended. The four female cast attended, and we congratulated them for a fine performance.


 

Resident Magazine gave a wonderful party for Daymond John on its October cover. In the penthouse at 214 West 39th St, we were served sushi, beer, wine, and tequila and vodka cocktails. It was a glorious party.


 

Record Producer Tony Bongiovi and Stephen Webber, who is the Dean of Berklee College of Music, were honored at a lovely reception at Power Station at BerkleeNYC, 441 West 53rd St. Many famous recording artists attended. As I had to attend the opening night of an Off-Broadway show (see below), I took a quick photo of the honorees, and toasted them with delicious glass of Chardonnay.


A revival of The Lonely Planet, by Steven Dietz, is a Keen Company production. Two splendid actors, Arnie Burton and Matt McGrath, directed by Jonathan Silverstein, give fine performances. When it was first produced, the AIDS epidemic killed many of their friends, and the two characters are fearful. We congratulated the creative team at the opening night party at the Lovage Rooftop Bar, 360 West 40th St, with guests Kathleen Chalfant and Stephen DeRosa.
 

 

 
       


 
 

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