Starring Sonja Morgan in the Opera Comique by Quincy IL
While watching a rerun of “A Masque For Two Faces, “I realized that Lady Sonja Morgan was performing a comedy skit for our enjoyment. The flash of light that popped into my head appeared when I watched an interview of Jill Zarin. When Jill said, “I don’t want people to laugh at Sonja,” the light bulb went off and I knew that Sonja wants people to laugh at Sonja.
That’s right; a reality star was acting for the camera. Sonja had created an event that would showcase her knowledge of the French Masquerade Balls with a twist. It was a small event to honor friends from Europe who had come to New York City’s Fashion Week. It was a last minute affair improvised with the help of Cipriani’s (restaraunt in Manhattan) in their bank vault. She said she invited 50 guests (Jill claimed that there were only 30.) and she included “The Real Housewives of New York City” because the event took place at the time of filming. The masques help the guests hide from the camera and as we all know Sonja loves a themed party.
Sonja asked her friend and designer, Chris March, to help with her little project. Sonja had a French maid’s costume which was very short and very simple. She asked Chris to turn it into a very short, but elegant lady’s ball gown. Chris went along with the plans and created a master piece. With this gift for costuming, Chris tranformed the top of the dress, rescued a tired Louis XVI era wig made out of polyester, and embellished a simple masque that Sonja owned into a one of a kind masque with feathers worthy of a 18th Century European Lady.. He told us that she was worried about the length twice. Chris knew what Sonja planned to do. The conversation about the elevator was also a part of the Opera Comique. The elevator was filled with cleaning products like Formula 409. Just the kind of supplies a French maid would use.
Many of us loved Sonja Morgan in season three of RHNYC . She told us about the smell of cat pee which had us pondering for weeks. She jumped on top of Kelly when Kelly was trying to sleep on the yacht. We had a nice view of Sonja’s assets with that jump. Sonja had a wonderful time on the Hooter’ yacht and she was a great friend to everyone on Scary Island. She posed and tried to put her rear down when Kelly was taking her photos as requested.
Many of us were surprised when we watched Sonja prepare for the Marriage Equality March and later toss Alex out of her home for standing up to Sonja’s attacks on Simon. We thought Sonja had changed in season four, but Sonja hadn’t changed. It’s is quite probable that Sonja has always been Sonja with a quick wit and a wry European sense of humor. We changed with season four. That’s why some of us didn’t get it right away. We had spent so much time in the darkness of Jill Zarin that we didn’t notice the light comedy of Sonja Morgan.
Jill Zarin did not get what Sonja was trying to do when she arrived for the Masqued Ball. Jill complained from the beginning of the event to the end. Jill was the buzz kill of that party. Sonja had two purposes in showing her French derriere to the camera. She wanted to show us that she can fall off a horse and survive with a smile and a bruise bigger than the print of a hand. She also wanted to be a provocative French maid. Bravo knew her plan. They took us to a video of Jill Zarin in a similar costume. It’s something the French do on stage and in skits. It is something that Jill did at Kelly Bensimon’s Halloween Party when she arrived in the Marie Antoinette’s attire. Showing the bottom was fun for Jill that day. Jill did remember her undergarments.
Sonja has spent decades visiting Europe and has shared that many of her close friends are members of Europe’s aristocracy and elite. I think Sonja’s French form of humor was lost on many of us for a while. It’s a combination of sarcasm and improvisation. She’s acting French for the cameras.
Kelly Bensimon told us from day one that she was acting. Jill has been saying this all season and in preseason interviews. Simon creates his webisodes and the family members interact in scenarios that Simon cannot always control as his stars are little boys. Now, I can see Sonja as producer, director and actress is a French Opera Comique designed to make us laugh.
Sonja was once described as the straw that stirs the drink and she wanted us to know that she is still that girl despite the adversities that she had endured in the last few years with her divorce and her financial problems.
So in season four RH NYC, Sonja Morgan decided to throw European Masquerade Ball to entertain us, the audience. In the Venetian and French Masquerade Balls, the guests were dressed to be unidentifiable. They would play games trying to guess who the guests were in reality. The Real Housewives of New York City did a poor job of playing the guessing game because Ramona simply asked Alex if she was Cleopatra and Alex said, “Yes.” Americans are so direct.
In our history, some Americans thought Masquerade Balls were colonial and immoral. Men would kiss married women pretending that they did not know who they were kissing and married women would kiss back. No one would know who was behind the masque so there were no rules. This was the perfect party for Sonja Morgan. She loves breaking the rules that the Luanns and Jills of this planet create.
Sonja also had a high tea for Cindy, but Cindy was too busy with her blackberry and the young man acting as Sonja’s manservant to notice the special pastries and the brewing of the tea performed by her hostess. Downtown Manhattan Cindy had probably never been invited to an English tea so she did not know the rules for guests. Sonja knew them and gave Cindy a little help for her future filming events for RH NYC. Cindy’s children’s party without helmets and with pony rides for adults did not meet the standards of Ramona Singer who had, in fact, suggested that Cindy be added to the show to replace Bethenny Frankel.
Sonja trots a horse English style and falls off. She gets up with a smile and does not tell us about her injury. She plans to speak at a Marriage Equality March to highlight her devotion to causes. She throws a cooking demonstration to tell us that good things are coming in the future with her book. Sonja Morgan planned the season and she is following a script when Cindy doesn’t interfere with her guest lists as she did by telling Kelly not to go to Sonja’s cooking lesson using a toaster oven.
Sonja has made flippant remarks about her life in other ways. She jested about getting arrested for taking a glass of champagne out of the gallery. On the night of the masque ball in the limousine while pouring expensive champagne, Sonja told her driver not to go too slow or he will be arrested to share with us that she was actually going too slow when the police pulled her over in the Hamptons. She knew we discussed her DUI, so she tells us on camera that she went too slow and did not want to endanger herself or another person even though she had a little too much alcohol to be completely within the legal limits. If she could talk to us about this I am sure she would warn everyone not to drink and drive. Lawyers prefer that clients not admit guilt on national TV so Sonja shared by making fun of herself.
Jill Zarin felt the need to call Alex, a hypocrite, for forgiving Sonja right away after the skirmish that Alex and Sonja had over the Marriage Equality March and Simon. Many of us on the board failed to understand Alex’s decision to keep that friendship and forgive when Sonja did not offer an apology. Alex said something in her blog that would help us all lead happier lives if we followed her example, “Sonja and I are friends, and friends don’t bail on the relationship because of one crazy thing that happens.” Crazy things do happen with friends and true friends make it through those bad times as well as the good times.
Sonja does enjoy being with people. She came into Ramona’s Pinot Grigio event with a smile and when she saw that Ramona felt stress, she tried to lighten the conversation. When Jill came back to confront Ramona again, Sonja said, “Hello” to Jill trying to step in front of the firing line, but that did not work. No one can stop Jill Zarin when she is on a mission.
Sonja Morgan is the same Sonja on the yacht sharing with Bethenny Frankel near the Island of St. Johns as she is on a horse or in her kitchen trying to wash asparagus and fit trays into a toaster oven with a little too much aluminum foil. She is the same woman who laughed at herself in the third season reunion show. Sonja is a French maid and the lady who pours the English tea into a cup. Sonja is the Russian woman in a fur hat and exercise clothes at the Four Season for lunch with Alex. When the events don’t go as planned, Sonja will learn to be a switch hitter and maybe she will wear a cheerleader’s short skirt when she goes to bat. Sonja is fun and like Alex, I enjoy spending time with her. She’s patriotic too. She has the colors of the French flag on.