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INTO THE NIGHT

The Scene: Sunday night's premiere of the new Tri-Star...

May 09, 1989|KEVIN ALLMAN

The Scene: Sunday night's premiere of the new Tri-Star comic film "See No Evil, Hear No Evil," starring Richard Pryor as a blind guy who walks into things a lot and Gene Wilder as a deaf guy who can't hear cars when they're about to hit him. The evening was a benefit for the Blind Children Center; a Manhattan premiere late this week will benefit the New York League for the Hard of Hearing. Guests watched the screening at the Century City Plaza Cinemas, then went outside for an al fresco buffet.

The Buzz: In this day and age, is it funny to pretend to be deaf and blind and to get into mishaps? From speaking to the deaf and blind guests at the party afterward, the answer was a resounding no.

Who was there: The movie's stars, Wilder, Pryor and Joan Severance; Judy Lloyd, executive director of the Blind Children Center; actress Ally Sheedy; funny man Carl Reiner; comedian-actor Eddie Murphy with bodyguards and entourage; actress Rain Pryor; actor Esai Morales; and prominent deaf actresses and actors Linda Bove, Ed Waterstreet, Ed Kelly and Julianna Fjeld.

Dress mode: California informal, with lots of light coats and spring dresses.

Chow: An excellent, expansive buffet catered by Along Came Mary. Lamb, chicken, pizza, shrimp rolls, dim sum, pot stickers, New York fritters, New York cheesecake, and much more.

Fashion statement: Severance's black blazer trimmed in leather, teamed with leather shorts.

Entertainment: Tri-Star knocked itself out turning Century City into a replica of Manhattan, with neon signs, cutouts of the film stars, cardboard taxis and a rock band, all under the monolith of Century City's twin towers. It was like Central Park, without the gangs of marauding youths.

Triumphs: The vast concourse of Century City at night is such a perfect spot for a party that it seems strange that no one ever thought of it before.

Glitches: A fuse blew midway through the affair, leaving the guests to eat by the light of heat lamps and the rock band to play an acoustic set. The lights were off for about 20 minutes.

Indelible Images: Watching a room full of people, many of whom have blind children, watching Richard Pryor pretend to be blind and stumbling over obstacles.

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