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Review: ‘My Fair Lady’ with New Stars is Loverly at Vivian Beaumont Theater

It’s been anything but “rather dull in town” at the revival of “My Fair Lady” at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, which, ten months after it opened, now welcomes four new stars as principals.
The production is still as glorious as ever, and continues its evolution.  Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion,” which is considered to be one of the most erudite comedies in the English language, Bartlett Scher’s version of …

Restaurant Review: 10 Corso Como Brings a Whimsical Corner of Italy to New York City

In Milan, 10 Corso Como– not coincidentally at Corso Como 10 – is a Mecca for locals and visitors alike. Indeed, it’s a virtual playground with an eclectic high-end shop that opens seamlessly into a café, a restaurant, a photo gallery, and a bookstore.
The whimsical emporium (there’s really no better word for it) opened in 1991 in the Porto Nuova district of Milan by Carla Sozzani and has since then …

Review: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at Shubert Theater

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning and controversial 1960 novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird” – a book that tackles the difficult topic of race in America as well as class, courage, and values – has largely withstood the test of time and book bans over almost seven decades.
To bring “Mockingbird” to the Broadway stage of the late 2010s, however, somewhat of a renovation was required: a reworking significant enough that the …

53 Days Until Brexit. What Will Happen Then?

If there’s one thing the topic of Brexit has done, it has been in uniting the British people, not that there is a consensus by any means.
The British people are united in that practically everyone has a strong opinion about Brexit, be it in favor of staying in the European Union or exiting. Strong may, however, be an understatement. Practically everyone has an opinion on, for example, Prime …

Lobby Bar – January 11, 2019: Lost in Space, Jethro Tull, and ‘I’ll Take Soon-to-Be Defunct Airlines for €1,000, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: Being All It Can Be
Moved. Left no forwarding address?  Aeroplan tried to reconnect to its former owner Air Canada on Thursday and, upon returning home, found the building empty and the locks changed.  The frequent-flyer program can be found wandering the streets of Montreal, asking passers-by, have you seen my parent
No planes for you. Security staff at several German airports went on strike on Thursday, leaving thousands of travelers stranded …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

When a 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited in Parisian Night Pearl – a rather striking color – arrived at our offices right before Labor Day, more than a few staffers thought a Lexus had been delivered by mistake. The confusion was understandable.
Now in its 25th year, the Avalon sports a massive grille (à la Lexus) – complete with a black honeycomb mesh insert. Its lines are the most elegant we’ve …

Review: Jimmy at the James, SoHo – A Bar That’s Worthy of the View

When you take the elevator up to Jimmy, the informally named rooftop bar at the James New York Soho hotel, and the doors open, you only get a glimpse of what you are in for. Once in the bar area, however, you start to realize that you’ve never seen New York this way in the wintertime. The city sparkles.
Walk out to the pool without wearing a winter coat – it …