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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben -September 12, 2015


 

 

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

September 12, 2015

 
Off-Broadway, The Legend of Georgia McBride, by Matthew Lopez, a MCC production, opened at The Lucille Lortel Theatre. It is an entertaining show, sure to be one of the highlights of theatre season. Dave Thomas Brown plays an Elvis impersonator, married to a pregnant Afton C. Williamson. He loses his job in a dingy bar, when the owner (Wayne Duvall) decides to bring in a drag show, starring Matt McGrath. When Brown has to replace one of the drag entertainers (Keith Nobbs), he becomes a star. The five member cast is terrific, under the expert direction of Mike Donahue, and the choreography of Paul McGill. You will enjoy every moment of this wonderful show. The opening night party at Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St, was delightful, with guests Michael Urie, Annaleigh Ashford and Joshua Henry.

 
Drama Desk Mingle was a delightful event, held at 1 East 29th St. in the Episcopal Actors Guild Hall. President Charles Wright held this gathering, so that members could meet the new members of the Nominating Committee, as well as sample hors d'oeuvres and fine wine. The Nominating Committee has experienced, intelligent journalists, and I am sure sure their selections will represent the highest quality of theatre in New York.

 
There was a Meet & Greet for Clever Little Lies, by Joe DiPietro, and directed by David Saint, at the Westside Theatre, where it opens on October 12, starring Marlo Thomas. I eagerly await its opening.

 
Entertainment Tonight Host Nancy O'Dell celebrated her new clothing collection EVINE Live at a Mamarazzi Breakfast Event presented by The MOMS at Il Valentino Osteria, 1078 First Avenue. It was a pleasant event with delicious food, juices, and mimosas. O'Dell is charming, and spoke about her clothing, and posed for photos. It was worth waking up early to sample the exquisite buffet breakfast at the lovely restaurant, and to meet this charming television personality..

 
Film Society of Lincoln Center is  presenting a One-Week Exclusive screening of Chocolat opening September 18. I attended a press screening. The film is directed by Claire Denis, France/West Germany/Cameroon, 1988. It is a tale about a young woman, who returns to Africa, where she grew up in Cameroon. She is given a ride in a car to her town, and begins to reminisce about her life in flashbacks. Life with her mother and father, a colonial official, was comfortable, but segregated. The French were the masters, and the blacks were the servants. The film is slow moving, but it is a penetrating look at life in a French colony. The acting is fine, but it reveals why Colonial Africa wanted its independence after World War II.

 
 
 

 


MoMA presented Ingrid Bergman: A Centennial Celebration until September 10. To celebrate her 100th birthday, her children chose and introduced many of her films. Viaggio in Italia (Journey to Italy), by Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1954, starred Ingrid Bergmanand George Sanders as an unhappily married English couple traveling to Naples to  sell a property they had inherited. The two stars are terrific. Sanders is bored in Naples, sarcastic, and despises the Italians and their culture. Bergman is a romantic, who visits museums, churches, and the ruins of Pompeii. They fight constantly, but it has a surprising ending when they are caught in the midst of of a Neapolitan festival. It is a pleasure to see such wonderful actors on the screen.

 
Hostsonaten (Autumn Sonata), by Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1978, is a somber look at a mother (Ingrid Bergman) and daughter (Liv Ullmann) relationship. The daughter felt neglected as a child  and grew up with feelings of hatred towards her classical pianist mother, who was always on tour, abandoning the family. When the mother comes to visit her daughter, after not seeing her in seven years, there is a violent verbal explosion between them. The mother leaves the next day. The acting, by the two stars, is simply spendid. The subject matter, however, is depressing. There is not one light moment in the film.

 
MoMA is presenting Hasse Ekman: The Other Swede in the Room September 9-18. All the films are directed by Hasse Ekman. Lagor i dunklet (Flames in the Dark), Sweden, 1942, is  psychological thriller about a latin teacher, who has serious mental problems, which result in turning him into an arsonist. When he marries a matron of a boys' boarding school and becomes a teacher there, his mental condition deteriorates, and tragedy follows. The acting is excellent, and the story holds the viewer's interest.
 
 
Flickan fran tredje raden (The Girl from the Third Row), Sweden. 1949, is a marvelous film about a stage director, who is depressed after an opening night of a play that is a disaster. Alone in the empty theatre, he is visited by a mysterious young lady (actually a kind of spirit), who tells him a tale of a fake ring that is passed from person to person to prove that life is not meaningless. Actually it is a charming fairy tale. The acting is superb, the scenes are engrossing, and the theme is enchanting. You will leave the cinema happy with faith in the future.

 
Kungliga patrasket (Royal Rabble), Sweden, 1945, is a valentine to a theatre family, that has existed for many generations. A famous actor decides to divorce his wife of 26 years, only to be warned by his parents and children that it is a grave mistake. The film is serious and funny, and shows a realistic view of life in the theate. The acting is brilliant, and the scenes are most enjoyable. Ekman in three different films shows that he is a magnificent director (also a fine actor), and is the equal to Ingmar Bergman. Thank the MoMA for recognizing this genius with this excellent series of films.
 
 

09-10-15 Cast members (L-R) Matt McGrath. Dave Thomas Brown. Afton C. Williamson. Keith Nobbs. Wayne Duvall of "The Legend of Georgia McBride" at the opening night party at Stonewall Inn. 53 Christopher St. Wednesday night 09-09-15.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

09-10-15 Cast members (L-R) George Merrick. Kate Wetherhead. Marlo Thomas. Greg Mullavey of "Clever Little Lies" at a photo op. at the Westside Theatre. 407 West 43rd St. Wednesday afternoon 09-09-15.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

09-10-15 Cast members (L-R) Matt McGrath. Dave Thomas Brown. Afton C. Williamson. Keith Nobbs. Wayne Duvall of
"The Legend of Georgia McBride" at the opening night party at Stonewall Inn. 53 Christopher St. Wednesday night 09-09-15

09-10-15 Cast members (L-R) George Merrick. Kate Wetherhead. Marlo Thomas. Greg Mullavey of "Clever Little Lies" at a photo op. at the Westside Theatre. 407 West 43rd St.
Wednesday afternoon 09-09-15

 

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