At the American Airlines Theater, produced by Roundabout. The production came from The Menier Chocolate Factory in London. The actors are a mix of Brits and Americans; several of the Americans had a bit of trouble keeping up their accents (Russian that did not sound like any Russians I know; Romanian/French that sounded like I don't know what). But that's a quibble.
Lenin and his wife Nadya, James Joyce, Tristan Tzara, Gwendolyn Fairfax, Cecily Cardew, Henry Carr, Bennett the, um, butler. Zurich, 1917. Or perhaps not.
This is the fifth or sixth time we've seen the play. First time was a matinee, the second performance, the day after it first opened in London. Most have been very good to excellent; one had a very unfortunate directorial touch that ruined the production for us. This one is excellent; additions fit and work to advance the plot, such as it is, and the ideas, which are many and brilliant: What is art? Who is an artist? Should socialism win? Eating as usual, Algy?
Produced by Red Bull Theater (whose production of The Government Inspector we greatly enjoyed a few months ago) at The Duke, on 42nd Street.
This is another of David Ives's "translaptations" of a French play, this one from 1738. In verse, about verse. Basically a French version of commedia dell'arte: young lovers, warring fathers, cunning servants, mistaken identities. This one has mistaken identities on steroids. Not for purists who object to contemporary 21st-century references in their 18th-century plays. David Ives is absolutely brilliant, and we just about busted a gut laughing at both very broad and pretty subtle jokes.
I will be attending a gala honoring a former boss from many years ago. Takes place on a Monday night in mid-May; 6:30 cocktails, 7:30 performances (by Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, and Ailyn Pérez) and dinner. "Festive attire."
I haven't been to anything like this since 1982. And I no longer own the dress I wore to that. I have a sparkly black "cocktail suit" and black patent flats, which I wore to an evening wedding a couple of years ago. Will those be "festive" enough?
Also: is it better to break out the diamonds, or will garnets do?