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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben - January 16, 2016



Aubrey Reuben

On the Town With Aubrey Reuben
Where All the Stars Shine Brightly!
January 16, 2016


The production by an energetic nine member cast, directed by Jeremy Herrin, was exhausting for them and the audience. A revival of Noises Off, by Michael Frayn, at the American Airlines Theatre, was directed at a hyper-level pace. The play is a farce about an inept theatre company on tour in England. The first act takes place at the dress rehearsal. The second, a month later, is backstage, while the play is being performed in another city, and the third act, two months later, takes place in a third provincial theatre. A farce is low level comedy, which appeals to an audience with limited intelligence. In this production, doors are slammed, characters fall downstairs, and actors slide on a slippery floor covered with sardines. This is repeated endlessly. Once can be moderately amusing. Twice the amusement evaporates. A third time it is annoying. The cast merited the applause at the end, for having survived dangerous moments on stage. I do not eat sardines, and hope I never hear them mentioned again on stage.


Maurice Hines is 72-year-old and he tap-dances like a teenager in Tappin' Thru Life, written by him, at New World Stages, directed by Jeff Calhoun. It is a thoroughly delightful show,where he sings, dances and tell anecdotes about the many stars he has worked with, including Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra. The music is provided by a nine women Sherrie Maricle and The Diva Orchestra, who are terrific, and two young men The Manzari Brothers, plus 12-year-old Luke Spring tap-dance with him. It is a wonderful entertaining show. We celebrated the opening at Thalia restaurant, 828 Eighth Ave, with guests like Julie Budd, Leslie Uggams and Vivian Reed.


Rams, by Grímur Hákonarson, Iceland, 2015 is a film about two sheep farmers, estranged brothers (Sigurđur Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Theodór Júlíusson), who have not spoken to each other for 40 years. They live side-by-side tending to their prized ancestral sheep stock,. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi’s sheep, all the animals in the area are culled to contain the outbreak. In their own way, they try to preserve their sheep from extinction. It is a grim, depressing tale. The photography is excellent, and one feels compassion for the protagonists.





One of my favorite awards ceremonies is the 2015 Sixth Annual Clive Barnes Awards at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center. Annaleigh Ashford presented the Theatre Award to Dave Thomas Brown for his performance in The Legend of Georgia McBrideand Blakeley White-McGuire presented the Dance Award to Gabe Stone Shayer of American Ballet Theatre. They were well deserved, but all the nominees were excellent actors and dancers, and we saw examples of their fine work on videos. At a reception afterwards, we congratulated the winners and the nominees and the Master of Ceremonies Michael Riedel and the President of the Clive Barnes Foundation, Valerie Taylor-Barnes with guests like Arthur Mitchell and Sandra Lee.

George Takei
 Allegiance received his caricature at Sardi's. Many of his Broadway cast attended the cocktail reception for this legendary actor, who at 78-year-old has more spirit and energy than many younger actors. It was delight to raise a glass in his honor.


I attended Manhattan Moonshine Jazz Night, a jazz evening at Analogue, 19 West 8th St, a cocktail bar in Greenwich Village. Manhattan Moonshine is a Prohibition-Style Whiskey, and the Manhattan Moonshine band performed with the local cabaret legend Marissa Mulder and the Whiskey's Founder & CEO William Kehler. It was a delightful evening and the Manhattan Whiskey cocktails were delicious. Among the guests enjoying the concert was the designer Margo Manhattan, who has an elegant jewelry boutique, 1202 Madison Ave.


Playwrights Horizons held a memorial for their neighbor Jean-Claude Baker, owner of the next door restaurant Chez Josephine, the finest restaurant on the street, who passed away last year. In his memory, they dedicated a seat in his name as a faithful supporter of the Off-Broadway Theater. After a reception in the lobby, we went to the main theater, where Chairman of the Board Judith Rubin and Managing Director Leslie Marcus spoke, as did friends like Patrick Pacheco, and then we toasted Jean-Claude with champagne. Guests like Liliane Montevecchi and KT Sullivan raised their glasses in memory of a wonderful person, who will be sorely missed


01-16-16 George Takei "Allegiance" receives his caricature at Sardi's. 234 West 44th St. Tuesday afternoon. 01-12-16.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

01-16-16 Presenter Annaleigh Ashford and Dave Thomas Brown. Winner of the 2015 Sixth Annual Clive Barnes Theatre Award at the Walter Reade Theater. 165 West 65th St. Monday afternoon. 01-11-16.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

01-16-16 George Takei "Allegiance" receives his caricature at Sardi's.
234 West 44th St. Tuesday afternoon. 01-12-16

01-16-16 Presenter Annaleigh Ashford and Dave Thomas Brown. Winner of the 2015 Sixth Annual Clive Barnes Theatre Award at the
Walter Reade Theater. 165 West 65th St. Monday afternoon. 01-11-16


Gerard Mc Keon and Joyce Brooks.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/

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