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Lily Tomlin’s Lower East Side Black Eye

Lily Tomlin’s Lower East Side Black Eye

BY GARY M. KRAMER | As the title character in “Grandma,” now out in theaters, Lily Tomlin is sensational. The actress and comedian plays Elle, a poet who is in mourning for her partner, Violet. As the film opens, Elle is breaking up with her current girlfriend, Olivia (Judy Greer). Then Elle’s granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) […]

Lily’s Turn

Lily’s Turn

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Lily Tomlin is both poignant and hilarious as Elle, the acerbic title character in “Grandma.” This enjoyable lark, written and directed by Paul Weitz, gives the veteran comedienne a juicy role, one she was born to play. Tomlin tears into it with the gusto of a pit bull with a chew […]

Darkly Funny Denial  

Darkly Funny Denial  

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “Guidance,” written and directed by Pat Mills, is an amusing Canadian comedy about David Gold (Mills), a former “gentle voiced” childhood actor now an adult in deep denial. Broke and ignoring his drinking problem, his stage 3 melanoma, and his homosexuality, David passes himself off as Roland Brown to get […]

Brooklyn’s Finest a West Village Survivor  

Brooklyn’s Finest a West Village Survivor  

BY DAVID NOH | Everett Quinton, an undoubted New York theatrical treasure and character actor extraordinaire, has had quite the busy year. He was wonderfully on point and true to leering form in “Horse Play,” the La MaMa bio of Adah Isaacs Menken starring a luminous Molly Pope. Great reviews came his way for a relatively […]

Summer Lovin’, Summer Camp

Summer Lovin’, Summer Camp

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | One expects an audience of 1,800 people on their feet screaming with delight after “The Book of Mormon” or, now, “Hamilton.” But “Cymbeline?” Shakespeare’s late romance with the convoluted plot and confusing characters — though plenty of lyrical passages of poetry, as well? What’s up with that? What’s up is Daniel Sullivan’s […]

Privilege’s Inner Demons  

Privilege’s Inner Demons  

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Alex Ross Perry’s four films have shown the influences of such directors as Woody Allen and John Cassavetes. But they’re equally literary, drawing on writers as different as Thomas Pynchon and Philip Roth. His debut, “Impolex,” riffed on Pynchon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow.” His previous film, “Listen Up Philip,” dealt with the relationship between […]

Desert Arts  

Desert Arts  

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | Santa Fe Opera, perhaps North America’s most memorably set opera venue, is a joy to visit even when productions vary in quality. A recent stay (August 3-7) started iffily but quickly took on substance and allure. “La fille du regiment” and “Rigoletto” both utilized junk heap-style sets that made one’s eyes seek […]

Fringe Frenzy

Fringe Frenzy

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Divine/ Intervention You might say the late, legendary Divine is having a moment. In 2013, the documentary film “I Am Divine” drew raves, scoring a 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. “The Simply Divine Cutout Doll Book” is listed for $600 on eBay. And now the demented drag diva (alter ego of Glenn […]

Reality Theater: The crazy-quilt that is FringeNYC is darker and bolder than ever before

Reality Theater: The crazy-quilt that is FringeNYC is darker and bolder than ever before

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | At 19, the New York International Fringe Festival has come of age. The sprawling fest, known for zany, frivolous shows like “Silence! The Musical,” “Dixie’s Tupperware Party,” and “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” is serving up a piquant dose of realness this year with an assortment of serious-minded queer fare. “There is […]

Terry Baum on Lorena Hickok  

Terry Baum on Lorena Hickok  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Talking to the Oregonian last year, Ken Burns said his 14-hour documentary, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” was just that, “an intimate history, not a tabloid history.” So whether Eleanor Roosevelt had a relationship with journalist Lorena Hickok (as in were they in love and having sex?) is something “We don’t know,” […]

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