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Klinghoffer” Rises Above the Protests

Klinghoffer” Rises Above the Protests

BY ELI JACOBSON | Approaching Lincoln Center Plaza for the October 20 Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams’ “The Death of Klinghoffer,” I felt I was entering a war zone. The park across from the plaza resounded with demonstrators’ speeches — including one from former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani — denouncing the opera as anti-Semitic and […]

Inside the Play, Inside the Mind

Inside the Play, Inside the Mind

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | In “The Country House,” Donald Margulies is so busy knocking off Chekhov, Edna Ferber, and George S. Kaufman that he hasn’t bothered to write much of a play. With echoes of “The Seagull,” “Uncle Vanya,” and “The Royal Family,” this is a tale of actors offstage, but unlike those purloined and […]

Tony’s a Winner  

Tony’s a Winner  

BY DAVID NOH | Broadway’s “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” was largely a glitzy piece of utterly commercial jukebox fluff, but when Tony Sheldon appeared as Bernadette, the veteran drag queen on a very personal mission, the theater’s temperature changed. For here was the real thing, a brilliant actor, fully possessed of an innate gravitas […]

A Noir Is Born

A Noir Is Born

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Judging from the poster alone, you might think that “Billy & Ray,” the earnest melodrama now at the Vineyard Theatre, is a love story about a squabbling gay couple in the 1940s. Not quite. The fact-based play, written by Mike Bencivenga, serves up the rocky backstory behind producing “Double Indemnity,” which […]

Out There, Again

Out There, Again

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The late, great gay filmmaker Derek Jarman made enduring contributions to cinema. His final theatrical release, “Blue” (Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.) in 1993, was an extraordinary experimental documentary about his life with HIV. Jarman shot a single composition of a blue screen while in voice-over he describes his thoughts about […]

The Scottish Pixie Survivor

The Scottish Pixie Survivor

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | Just try to stop him! Most days this fall, that whirling dervish with the devilish twinkle in his eye, Alan Cumming, is filming new episodes of CBS’s popular drama “The Good Wife,” then scooting up to Broadway where he continues his naughty and nice Tony-winning star turn as the Emcee in […]

Claire De Couture

Claire De Couture

BY DAVID NOH | The history of fashion is awash with the names of male gay designers, but there have been surprisingly few women couturiers who have identified as queer. There were once bisexual whispers about Coco Chanel and, recently, Jill Sander has been quite open about her lesbianism. A couple of summers ago, I […]

Talk War

Talk War

BY STEVE ERICKSON | In the ‘70s heyday of New German Cinema, it was easy to underrate Volker Schlöndorff. Compared to the genius of Rainer Werner Fassbinder or the radical cinema of Werner Schroeter and Harun Farocki, his films seemed middle-of-the-road and tepidly liberal. When the Oscars gave him their seal of approval for his 1979 […]

Spirited Revivals, Reviving Spirits

Spirited Revivals, Reviving Spirits

BY ELI JACOBSON | After a grueling, spiritually exhausting summer of labor negotiations, the Metropolitan Opera has gotten back to work presenting revivals of repertory standards. In many ways, these are better indicators of the company’s current health than the new production of “Le Nozze di Figaro” that opened the season. Sir Richard Eyre’s elaborately […]

Stars, Scars, and Spangles

Stars, Scars, and Spangles

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Even when he’s not at the height of his powers Neil LaBute is, at least superficially, more entertaining and provocative than most contemporary playwrights. “The Money Shot,” his latest outing with MCC now at the Lortel, has plenty of his trademark lacerating wit, even if it runs out of steam long […]

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