SETTING THE STAGE
The Vivian Beaumont became a dinner theater this week.
Some 500 people were dining — as well as dancing — on its stage, all part of Lincoln Center Theater’s annual benefit Monday night.
There were a number of theater people on hand to help raise money for the renovation of the Beaumont, including playwrights Wendy Wasserstein and Jon Robin Baitz — whose “A Fair Country” is running at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse theater — actor/director Joe Mantello, Madeline Kahn, Mary Louise Parker and Billy Crudup, Parker’s co-star in the current Broadway production of “Bus Stop.”
Otherwise, the event drew a mix of socialites, culturati and fashion folk, some dressed in formal eveningwear, others much more casually.
“This is embarrassing,” said Sharon Hoge, pointing to the plastic store security tag still fastened to her fuchsia taffeta dress, a private label number she said she got from Bloomingdale’s a few years ago. “I wore this to the dinner honoring Marvin Traub, and I showed him the tag. He said to bring it to the store so they could remove it for me, but I was afraid to because they’d think I shoplifted it.”
The following night, an equally diverse crowd gathered at Stubbs Books & Prints on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for an exhibit of Brigid Berlin’s paintings. Berlin had to compete with sculptor Robert Graham’s opening at the Gagosian Gallery, where his wife, Anjelica Huston, made an appearance.
“Larry Gagosian has been telling people that he’s getting Anjelica Huston, and I’m going to get the riffraff,” Berlin told one guest. She did manage to attract a huge throng, including John Waters and Nina Griscom, plus many other guests who spilled out onto the street.
Earlier in the evening, an intimate group met in a penthouse at the Royalton Hotel for a pre-fund-raiser cocktail party for DIFFA.
Photographers Burt Stern, Christopher Makos and Marco Glaviano, who’ll turn Chelsea’s Pier 59 into a photo studio for the March 23 Maximum Exposure event, rubbed elbows with the party’s sponsors and co-chairs.