On Broadway, a revival of Golden Boy, by
Clifford Odets, is the best production I have attended this season. The
cast is magnificent, the play is intelligent and engrossing and the sets and
costumes contribute to a wonderful theatrical evening.
Off-Broadway, Volpone, by Ben Jonson, is
a fine production of the seventeenth century comedy, showing the power of
greed, with an all star cast headed by Stephen Spinella and Tovah
Feldshuh. It is quite enjoyable.
Bare, music by Damon Intrabartolo,
book and lyrics by Jon Hartmere, is
a rock musical about two teenage boys having a love affair in a
Catholic school with tragic consequences. The cast is energetic, but the
music is loud, the choreography minimal and the story unimpressive. The
opening night party took place at KTCHN at the OUT Hotel.
What Rhymes With America, by Melissa
James Gibson, is about a divorced father trying to communicate with
his unhappy daughter. Two other characters appear in this strange play.
All four are dull, as is the play.
Golden Age, by Terrence McNally,
takes place in 1835 backstage at the opening night of the opera I
Puritani by Vincenzo Bellini in Paris. The playwright is very
knowledgeable about opera and for opera lovers, they will enjoy the
historical facts. In spite of a fine cast, it has little dramatic
It's a Wonderful Life presented as a live
radio play taking place in 1946 at the Irish Repertory Theatre is a
sweet, charming play directed expertly by Charlotte Moore. The
six member cast play multiple characters based on the the famous film.
It is a perfect production for the holidays. The opening night party was
celebrated at the theatre.
13 Things About Ed Carpolotti,
book, music and lyrics by Barry Kleinbort, is a sixty minute one
woman musical accompanied by a pianist. Penny Fuller sings and acts
wonderfully in a tale of a widow, suddenly discovering serious financial
problems on the death of her husband. The opening night party took place in
the theater with guests Hallie Foote, Marge Champion and Anita
Tony Shahloub and Roger Horchow were
honored at the New York Film and Stage Winter Gala at the Plaza Hotel with
guests like Charles Strouse, Jennifer Westfeldt and John Slattery.
Rob McClure was awarded the Theatre Award and
Lauren Lovette the Dance Award at the Third Annual Clive Barnes
Awards. Among the presenters and guests were Paloma Herrera, Ruben
Santiago-Hudson, Arthur Mitchell and Joe Mantello.
Among the honorees at the PAL's Women of the Year
Luncheon at the Pierre were Francine LeFrak and Liz Smith. It
is always a lovely event.
I returned to the Pierre when Cicely Tyson
received the Alumni Award from the New York Mission Society at their elegant
Gala. Another lovely event.
Susan L. Schulman held her Annual Holiday Party
with her famous chopped liver at her office with guests Karen Ziemba,
Deborah Grace Winer and her sister. It is always a delicious
The Film Society of Lincoln Center is presenting
Spanish Cinema Now, December 7-16. The Body (El cuerpo), by
Oriol Paulo, 2012, is a well made film, that is totally unbelievable,
but very enjoyable. A woman's body disappears from a morgue and a detective
investigates. There are many twists and turns in this convoluted plot that
the viewer will find extremely entertaining.
Monday night 12-10-12