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Agnès Varda, speeding at 80; Cowardly behavior

I also got comped for the ECNY Awards at Comix, where stand-up comedians and their sound directors ("The noise! The noise!") were honored before a crowd consisting solely of Andy Samberg look-alikes, especially the women. The winners that showed up—like boombox maniac Reggie Watts and glamazon Michelle Collins—were truly hilarious, and I was relieved when the Twitter tweets shown on the large screen, mostly bitching about how the show sucked a bag of shit, turned out to be just more scripted shtick.

There's lots of spontaneous stimulation over at the Cuckoo Club, the Sunday-night bash that is back at Hiro (as French directors already seem to know) and has become predominantly black, Asian, and Spanish—ghetto fabulous, as it were. Once again, I'm part of a minority—but this time, I'm loving it!

And finally, I joined the majority in giggling through Blithe Spirit, which only the most superficial people feel is about a gay man who has visions of Edie Beale as conjured by Jessica Fletcher. The production of the Noël Coward classic (about an "astral bigamist" who finds that even death can't get rid of his exes) is quite serviceable, but it hints at more than that when mining for darkness in the blitheness—like when Angela Lansbury's psychic turns on someone for their poor word choice, an unforgivable crime in Coward country. Meanwhile, the divine Lansbury's hair choice is a wig that involves Princess Leia–like buns, which I'm guessing might be designed to hide wires feeding her lines!

Speaking of feeding lines, at a recent meet-and-greet for the Blithe Spirit cast, boring journos tortured the actors with questions about whether they really believe in psychic phenomena and the afterlife. How absurdly literal! This is like asking Peter Pan actors if they really believe in fairies or an Equus star if he thinks that fucking metal horses (with metal hips) is a serious problem in society. Even more bizarrely, the cast all said, "Yes," probably so as not to diminish their commitment to the play. Newsflash: Blithe Spirit is a screwball comedy of manners, not a documentary. It's 67 years young.

musto@villagevoice.com

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