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Justin Sayre: A Thousand Judys & A Million Laughs

Justin Sayre: A Thousand Judys & A Million Laughs

BY DAVID NOH | With one of our community’s most beloved events, “Night of a Thousand Judys,” coming up on June 6 at Merkin Concert Hall, I snatched the chance to speak with its flamboyantly witty and fun impresario, Justin Sayre. Already a near New York legend for “The Meeting*,” his regular convening of all things […]

The Female Gaze

The Female Gaze

BY STEVE ERICKSON | The fact that women direct a tiny percentage of American narrative films has become a much-debated subject over the past few years, with the American Civil Liberties Union even trying to get the federal government to investigate it as a matter of job discrimination. Most people would assume that a national […]

She Don’t Need To Show Off  

She Don’t Need To Show Off  

  BY MICHAEL SHIREY | “The winner of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ America’s next drag superstar is —” Wait a minute, I’ma get there. And don’t go acting like you don’t already know who won. I first saw Bob the Drag Queen (not to be mistaken with Bob the Builder) a few years ago, when a friend […]

Drag Queens With Cosplay in Their Closets  

Drag Queens With Cosplay in Their Closets  

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | Drag culture and geek culture are seemingly worlds apart — but with comic conventions selling out to capacity and RuPaul an anchor presence on Logo, both now can claim a place in the realm of mainstream awareness, if not outright acceptance. The two specialized interests intersect on June 4 at Miss Nerd […]

Stops and Starts  

Stops and Starts  

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The revival of “Fully Committed,” now on Broadway, is being pitched in a very disturbing TV commercial, where the show’s star — and sole cast member — highly paid TV actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson shares how onerous it is to appear on Broadway. He notes the time commitment demanded as well as […]

Loves Lost and Won, 18th Century Style  

Loves Lost and Won, 18th Century Style  

BY ELI JACOBSON | In recent months opera companies (large and small) and touring ensembles have been exploring the vicissitudes of love won and love lost as viewed through an often cynical 18th century Enlightenment sensibility warmed by the kindling fires of nascent Romanticism. The Metropolitan Opera presented a rare revival of Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus […]

Andréa Burns Embraces the Cuban Mother Within

Andréa Burns Embraces the Cuban Mother Within

  BY DAVID NOH | The always cozy and enjoyable Dramatist Guild luncheon at the Marriott on May 12 rightly honored a radiant Audra McDonald who is currently giving a triple threat performance in “Shuffle Along” that — even pregnant, while tapping away — is by any standard great. The fact that she has won six […]

Race Man, Funny Man

Race Man, Funny Man

BY ANDY HUMM | “Nigger!” That’s what I shouted at Dick Gregory at his insistence. And he replied, “Thank you, white man in the mustache. You just made me 50 bucks.” To see how such an audacious “joke” works, you have to go see Joe Morton’s epic and bitingly funny portrayal, in Gretchen Law’s “Turn […]

A Grossly Indecent Betrayal

A Grossly Indecent Betrayal

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | For years, Rupert Everett has rankled the LGBT community by blaming being openly gay for poisoning his acting career. Of course, saying things like “I can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads” a few years ago hasn’t exactly won him many queer fans, either. “Self-loathing” […]

Becoming Carlos Danger

Becoming Carlos Danger

BY STEVE ERICKSON | The curse of Anthony Weiner’s life is that it can be so easily reduced to a tabloid headline about sexting. Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s documentary “Weiner” tries to mount a defense of the politician, but it too succumbs to the inevitability of making his online sex life the most interesting thing […]

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