The second I saw this in The New York Times, I was intrigued; a FASCINATING idea!
Chopin melodies enchant; tea and finger sandwiches sustain; and Alice Hauptmann (actress Zoe Caldwell) entertains a select 30 guests each evening. The play, Elective Affinities, is taking place not in a theater, but in a real Upper East Side residence:
- The Village Voice: Tea without Sympathy
- NY Times: Privledge and Poison
- TheaterMania: Review
- New York Magazine: Watch Caldwell
- The Observer: The Legendary Zoe Caldwell
- The Observer: The Aristocrats
WHY has this so captured my imagination?? Imagine a Smith&Gosling evening … in a place like Roehampton Grove:
Or The Vyne:
The guests arrive, have tea, eat their finger sandwiches, then the Butler escorts them into, say, the Star Parlour, where Emma and Mary await to talk about life in c1819 England. Great fun!
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an aside: Ah, reading about Zoe Caldwell transports me back to a NY City trip during which I attended a performance of Master Class, where she played Maria Callas. My first time seeing Audra McDonald (a great voice), too. Life was good once…