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Mirroring, But Also Magnifying 

Mirroring, But Also Magnifying 

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Now in its 52nd year, the New York Film Festival faces a delicate balancing act between its role as a source for premieres of Hollywood’s Oscar-bound prestige films –– this year, that includes David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice,” both respectable choices judging from their directors –– and […]

Return of the Native 

Return of the Native 

BY DAVID NOH | I am in back in my homeland, Hawaii, for my annual sojourn and, as usual, reveling in the sun, sea, and succulents of all kinds to be found here. As a celebrity who shall remain nameless with whom I have a kind of “Same Time Next Year” relationship here said, “The ideal […]

Glimmerglass Scores Solidly 

Glimmerglass Scores Solidly 

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | Artistic and general director Francesca Zambello and managing director Linda Jackson crafted a Glimmerglass season of operas unified by both thematic plot links — women abandoned by men — and a performance history trope of being revised versions of originals. Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” and Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” got played in their […]

Art Isn’t Easy 

Art Isn’t Easy 

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | You don’t have to be versed in the idiosyncratic and deconstructive whimsy that informed the early Off-Off Broadway movement to fall for “Red Eye of Love.” It can be enjoyed pretty much on its own as a satire on the level of “Dames at Sea” or “The Boyfriend.” The 1961 play by […]

Disco Heat

Disco Heat

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | When I first heard about “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical,” the jukebox bio-musical debuting Off Broadway at the Theater at St. Clements, I wondered how the songs could possibly stand up to the original. Hailed as “The Queen of Disco” in the late 1970s, the gender-bending Sylvester broke through with […]

Raucous Realness

Raucous Realness

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | The boisterous and raunchy “Bootycandy,” Robert O’Hara’s latest work now at Playwrights Horizons, registers less as a fully formed play and more like a live sketch comedy show — think “In Living Color” (minus the Fly Girls) as presented by HBO. Even O’Hara admitted the satiric portrait of sexual awakening and […]

Grandeur in Tapei’s Underbelly

Grandeur in Tapei’s Underbelly

BY STEVE ERICKSON | What to make of a film that ends on a note of stillness so deep and serene that it comes closer to photography than what we usually expect of cinema! Taiwanese out gay director Tsai Ming-liang’s “Stray Dogs” has a monumental quality that demands to be seen on the biggest screen […]

Friendship and Betrayal

Friendship and Betrayal

BY STEVE ERICKSON | The Green Prince,” a documentary by Israeli director Nadav Schirman, is bound to get sold as a heartwarming tale of Israeli-Palestinian friendship. Nevertheless, its depiction of the close relationship between Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas’ founder, and Gonen Ben Yitzhak, an agent in Israel’s security agency Shin Bet, pivots […]

London Theater Shines in Houses Big and Wee

London Theater Shines in Houses Big and Wee

BY ANDY HUMM | The real drama in the now tenuously-United Kingdom this past week has been the build-up to the momentous Scots’ vote on September 18 about whether to become an independent nation again, a contest in which new polls say independence has a chance for the first time –– an outcome that would […]

Beastmaster Bill Berloni

Beastmaster Bill Berloni

BY DAVID NOH | It’s a foregone conclusion that, in the theater today, when you need an animal onstage — any animal — you go to the Master, Bill Berloni, whose way with performing beasts uncannily combines total sensitivity to their needs and utter onstage reliability. I’m proud to say that I knew Berloni before […]

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