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Dreams and Nightmares

Dreams and Nightmares

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Any discontent you feel about our nation’s current state of affairs will get at least a brief respite at the glorious summer treat currently on the stage in Central Park. The Public Theater’s heartfelt, hilarious production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is the perfect prescription for ailing spirits in trying times. Directed […]

Back to the Joys of Deep Disco

Back to the Joys of Deep Disco

BY DAVID NOH | One of the great pleasures of this life we know as gay — indeed, a veritable coming out rite of passage for many — is dancing in a club to some truly fabulous music. I was lucky to come of age in the immediate post-Stonewall era, when disco was being born, shaking […]

Extremism’s Violent Allure

Extremism’s Violent Allure

BY STEVE ERICKSON | It’s very hard to capture the zeitgeist when the process of getting a film made takes years. French director Bertrand Bonello’s “Nocturama” manages it, with an up-to-the-minute and startlingly sympathetic depiction of his nation’s terrorists. Music did a better job than cinema of capturing the hopes of the ‘60s left, with the […]

Misunderstood Teens, In a Fresh Take

Misunderstood Teens, In a Fresh Take

BY STEVE ERICKSON | When it comes to the nation of Colombia, Americans immediately think of drugs and violence. The first Colombian film I saw, “Rodrigo D.,” addresses these issues directly. Tragically, several of its teenage cast members were killed in the period between its shoot and release. The second Colombian film I’ve seen, Lina […]

Manhandeled

Manhandeled

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | Williamsburg’s National Sawdust has stolen the limelight from Le Poisson Rouge as the “go to” place for hip events in the classical industry. The space is interesting and presents all kinds of experimental work. On July 20, it hosted the fourth and last performance of a production of Handel’s “Aci, Galatea e […]

Funny Money

Funny Money

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | The Broadway juggernaut “Hamilton” stunned critics and audiences alike by injecting new life into a musty, iconic American statesman well over 200 years old. So perhaps dramatist Peter Kellogg figured, why not create a musical promoting one of Hamilton’s equally brilliant and colorful contemporaries, Benjamin Franklin? “Money Talks: The Musical,” which […]

Looking His Best in Shorts

Looking His Best in Shorts

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Narrative shorts may be among the most marginal forms of cinema. It’s possible that Chris Marker’s “La Jetée” is the only one to have achieved the canonical status of avant-garde shorts like Kenneth Anger’s “Scorpio Rising” and Jack Smith’s “Flaming Creatures” or documentary shorts like Alain Resnais’ “Night and Fog” and Georges […]

Creature Comforts

Creature Comforts

BY GARY M. KRAMER | There is something very peculiar things going on in Mexican writer/ director Amat Escalante’s ambitious queer erotic sci-fi drama “The Untamed.” The pre-title shot is of an asteroid-like object in space. Then a naked woman, Verónica (Simone Bucio), is seen writhing in pleasure, and viewers next get a glimpse of a […]

Linda Lavin’s Fine “Farewell” Returns

Linda Lavin’s Fine “Farewell” Returns

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | From cutting her teeth in the cabaret rooms of bygone Gotham to achieving sitcom icon status to her work as a commanding presence on Broadway, Linda Lavin’s career has given rise to more stories than a Midtown megatower — but she won’t be serving up that dish in beach-read form. Jazz […]

Welcome to the Nuthouse

Welcome to the Nuthouse

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | There is something wonderfully poignant about the revival of “Marvin’s Room” from Roundabout. Scott McPherson’s play about a family in crisis as a relative is slowly dying couldn’t escape allusions to AIDS in its original 1991 production. (McPherson himself died of AIDS in 1992, and his struggles with his illness were said […]