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Fifty Shades of Grey Gardens

Fifty Shades of Grey Gardens

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | It all began as a news item that were it not for the parties involved would have merited little attention In the fall of 1971, the township of Georgica Pond, in Long Island’s East Hampton, became alarmed at the decrepit state of a summer home that appeared to be abandoned but was […]

Oh, Boys

Oh, Boys

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Does art serve any purpose? For Tom Stoppard, a prodigious linguistic artist, the answer, not surprisingly is an unqualified yes. Nowhere could that be more clear in than in the effervescent, exciting, and thoroughly engrossing revival of his 1974 play “Travesties” now at Roundabout. If you have even a cursory love of […]

Courtney Barnett Doesn’t Hold Back

Courtney Barnett Doesn’t Hold Back

BY STEVE ERICKSON | If one has paid attention to the past year’s worth of rock music, the resurgence of overtly feminist sounds, usually drawing on ‘90s female artists, has been unmistakable. Artists like U.S. Girls, Soccer Mommy, and Camp Cope have picked up where the riot grrrl movement left off, although they’ve used less aggressive […]

Brits Make America Great Again

Brits Make America Great Again

BY ANDY HUMM | Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” his posthumously released play on his harrowing family life as a youth, is the great American play. And a stellar company from the Bristol Old Vic theater in England is rubbing their vision of a vanquished American Dream in our faces and eating their way […]

The Illustrious Blacks Return to Joe’s Pub

The Illustrious Blacks Return to Joe’s Pub

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | The performance duo The Illustrious Blacks is poppin’! Although the married gay couple, who individually go by their stage names Manchildblack and Monstah Black, have each been in the downtown nightlife and Brooklyn performance scenes for a while, suddenly they are everywhere doing everything. After last year’s release of their debut EP […]

Tennesee and Bill

Tennesee and Bill

BY DAVID NOH | Tennessee Williams and William Inge: both playwrights, both gay, and both also deeply neurotic, given to substance abuse, and dead too soon: Inge a suicide at 60, in 1973, by carbon monoxide; Williams choking to death — a flop-ridden, drug and alcohol-soaked decade later — at 71, on a bottle cap he […]

A Bomer Bomb

A Bomer Bomb

BY GARY KRAMER | The modest queer love story, “Anything,” written and directed by Timothy McNeil and based on his play, packs far too much drama into its 93 minutes. It would almost work better as a TV series or a miniseries (like “Tales of the City,” which it somewhat resembles), where its potentially interesting characters […]

A Blunt Honesty

A Blunt Honesty

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Many films have been made by men about women who become avenging angels in response to male violence. Most are exploitative crap that voyeuristically focus on rape scenes. A few are genuinely great: Abel Ferrara’s “Ms. 45,” Takashi Miike’s “Audition,” and Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle.” French director Coralie Fargeat’s “Revenge” has obviously […]

Spring Blossoms

Spring Blossoms

BY DAVID NOH | On April 3, the Quad Cinema had a splashy celebration marking its one year anniversary since its big remodelling. If you haven’t been to the venerable movie house, founded in 1972, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. It’s been gleamingly overhauled into a state of the art venue, with an affordable wine […]

Gounod, Rameau, and Strauss

Gounod, Rameau, and Strauss

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | Bartlett Sher’s supernumerary-loaded, sleepy staging of  “Roméo et Juliette” sank fairly perilously April 23 under the indiscriminate, pace-deadening conducting of Plácido Domingo. There are reasons audiences want to hear Domingo’s compromised but still firm, energetic singing, but his conducting has always at best mediocre — an abuse of his  industry influence […]

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