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Susan Slept Here

Susan Slept Here

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | I love being alive.” These are the first words we hear in Nancy D. Kates’ documentary “Regarding Susan Sontag.” And as the film goes on to show in considerable detail, that’s one of the most characteristic things about the documentary’s subject — her passion for life. Before succumbing to cancer at 71, […]

Was Lawrence Gay in Arabia?

Was Lawrence Gay in Arabia?

BY BENJAMIN WEINTHAL | Among the innumerable highly regarded T.E. Lawrence biographies, Anthony Sattin’s new work, “The Young T.E. Lawrence,” is noteworthy in deftly capturing the pre-World War I intellectual and emotional development of one of the 20th century’s great sexual enigmas. Since Lawrence’s 1935 death in a motorcycle accident, there has been no shortage of […]

Trans-cendental

Trans-cendental

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | It might be tempting to dismiss “On a Stool at the End of the Bar,” now playing at 59E59 Theaters, as a shaky stage version of an old “ABC Afterschool Special” episode. Set in a working-class Camden, New Jersey home in the late 1980s, the drama examines the impact of a woman’s […]

Do The Freak

Do The Freak

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Fans of the original “Side Show” may be in for a jolt when they see the first-ever major revival, now at the St. James Theatre. After catching the new production, one such “freaks” freak –– who had seen the 1997 debut multiple times before it was shuttered a mere 10 weeks after […]

Straightening Things Out

Straightening Things Out

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “Bad Hair” is a gritty, absorbing film set in Caracas, Venezuela, about nine-year-old Junior (Samuel Lange), who is determined to straighten his unruly curly hair in time for his school photo. Junior’s widowed mother, Marta (Samantha Castillo), disapproves of her son’s constant primping, and the battle of wills that takes […]

Zurich on the Down Low

Zurich on the Down Low

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “The Circle,” which is Switzerland’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, provides a fascinating glimpse into gay life in 1950s Zurich. Directed and co-written by Stefan Haupt, the film alternates between dramatic episodes and documentary interviews. The hybrid approach effectively chronicles the lives of men involved in a […]

Death in the Shadows

Death in the Shadows

BY STEVE ERICKSON |  Love it or hate it, you can say one thing about Catalan director Albert Serra’s “Story of My Death”: vampire films don’t get much further from “Twilight.” Dracula appears here, but no sparkly seducers are on the scene. In an American context, almost anything that offers an extreme alternative to our […]

Musical Theater Drill Down  

Musical Theater Drill Down  

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | So, do you watch these Broadway-themed hit reality shows? “Lifestyles of the Bitchiest on Broadway,” “Celebrity Accompanist,” “The Voice Coach,” “Keeping Up with the KarSmashians,” “America’s Got High C’s,” “The Real Understudies of Broadway,” “Don’t Tell Mama in Hell’s Kitchen,” “The Biggest Loser Who Was Robbed of That Tony Award,” “So […]

The Lyp Returns, Imelda’s Enduring Fascination

The Lyp Returns, Imelda’s Enduring Fascination

BY DAVID NOH | It’s incredible, but Lypsinka, that whirling dervish of illusion and the highest imaginable camp — whom I consider as essential a New York figure as the Statue of Liberty — hasn’t been on a local stage in nine years. This has been happily remedied with “Lypsinka! The Trilogy,” running through January […]

Setting Sail

Setting Sail

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Let’s address the 400-ton boat in the living room first, shall we? The book of the new musical by John Logan and Brian Yorkey, “The Last Ship,” is not great. You could sail a tanker through the holes in its logic. The story is part “Billy Elliot Builds a Boat” and […]

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