|Fukurou = Owl (Hoot! Hoot!)|
|Sesame Ice Cream|
|Stewed Pork Belly|
|Zuru Teba - w/Bamboo Skewers|
|Seared Toro "Fatty" Salmon|
|Omu Yakisoba (noodle base)|
|Grilled Beef Tenderloin Slices|
So off we went to Buyer & Cellar, a one-man show ... a mostly light but, at moments, rather dark comedy. The show currently features a very talented and engaging Christopher Hanke in the role of Alex More, a struggling, underemployed LA actor. Alex has taken a job working in Barbra Streisand's cellar, "managing" (pretty much consistently alone) a personal shopping mall that an eccentric Streisand has designed for herself & visits, periodically, to shop, bargain, negotiate items, terms & pricing, and to make occasional human contact - with Alex, her (inner) self, her past.
|Jonathan Tolins, Playwright|
|Christopher Hanke - as Alex More|
Christopher Hanke's performance is stellar; the direction is first-rate; the set & staging are minimalist yet still imaginative, even appropriately imagistic; the play, well, interesting, and worthy of our attention, for the manner in which it so cleverly intermingles moments of hilarity, honesty, ambiguity ... and kitsch.
Finally: A special note on Mes Reves, a high quality French (or, French-inspired) bistro in Essex County, NJ (located at 407 Broad St., Bloomfield; 973/429-4888) which we have dined in, at this point, on several pleasant occasions - both by ourselves and with friends. On our most recent visit, celebrating a wedding anniversary, we were musing about just how fortunate we are, indeed, to have such a fine eatery, among many nearby, almost in walking distance from our Glen Ridge home.
|Mes Reves - Center View|
|Margalit - Special Reserve|
|Steak au Poivre|
|Seared Sea Scallops|
|Bread Pudding w/Ice Cream|
We waited a while before ordering our dessert & coffee. We knew from experience what we would select: the rich & scrumptious bread pudding (@ $5), along with cups of robust black coffee ... a perfect combo with which to wind down our small celebration!Bravo, Mes Reves ... et Merci bien.
PS: The bistro offers a very nice & varied prefix menu (@ $25) weekdays, from 4:45 to 6:30.
(Photo of the external front facade.)