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Peter Shaffer’s Coming Out Celebration

Peter Shaffer’s Coming Out Celebration

BY ANDY HUMM | Playwright Peter Shaffer (“Equus,” “Amadeus”), who died at 90 last June, got a star-studded memorial service at the American Airlines Theatre on April 3 hosted by Alec Baldwin, who played the lead in “Equus” at the Guild Hall in East Hampton in 2010. The memorial was graced by in-person tributes from […]

Childhood’s End

Childhood’s End

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “All This Panic” artfully documents a handful of teenage girls in New York on the cusp of adulthood. Shot over a three-year period, the film is a mix of observational footage along with interviews and intimate moments of the subjects with their friends and families. Each personality is distinctive. Lena […]

Watching a French Icon Pass from the Stage

Watching a French Icon Pass from the Stage

BY STEVE ERICKSON | In cinema, death usually means a gunshot and a dime-sized spot of blood or a photogenic elderly person lying in bed and giving one final sigh. Some horror movies have delved further into the weaknesses of the body, especially the possibility of becoming a victim of violence in excruciating ways. There […]

Highs and Lows

Highs and Lows

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | For all of us despairing about the indifference, blatant self-serving, and divisive hatred that define the current political regime, there is a welcome balm on the New York stage today in the form of the musical “Come From Away.” This show will make you feel good, if not euphoric, but it achieves […]

A Met Trio

A Met Trio

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | On March 16, the Met revived “Fidelio” in Juergen Flimm’s visually unappetizing, dramatically fussy, and often just wrong-headed production, full of upstaging and misdirected focus (like the final scene’s ludicrous Marzelline meltdown and crowd lynching of Pizarro). I nevertheless enjoyed myself. Sebastian Weigle led unevenly, but enough of the resplendent score hit home […]

Great Left Coast Actor Arrives

Great Left Coast Actor Arrives

BY DAVID NOH | Jason Odell Williams’ anti-gun play “Church and State” is that rare work that combines a stark message, sadly all too pertinent today, with droll, dry, and highly diverting wit. It centers around incumbent North Carolina Senate candidate Charlie Whitmore (Rob Nagle) and how his stance on gun control is seriously affected by […]

Behind the Wall, Tabs Were Kept

Behind the Wall, Tabs Were Kept

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Karl Marx City” opens with home movies, presumably from co-director Petra Epperlein’s childhood in East Germany. The images show innocent fun, but a voice-over (delivered by a young girl) declares that the movies were shot by the Stasi, the former Soviet satellite’s secret police. The film, made by Epperlein and her […]

A Drag Ball on Screen

A Drag Ball on Screen

BY GARY M. KRAMER | A celebration of cross-dressing in cinema unspools at Anthology Film Archives March 23-31. The films, an international mix of features and documentaries, show how men in women’s clothing and women in men’s clothing are often played for laughs. John Epperson (aka Lypsinka), who guest curated the program, will be on hand […]

Queer Debuts Shine at New Directors/ New Films

Queer Debuts Shine at New Directors/ New Films

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Two queer debut features at this year’s New Directors/ New Films festival showcase exciting new talents in world cinema. From South Africa comes gay director/ co-writer John Trengove’s remarkable feature debut, “The Wound” (Mar. 25, 1:30 p.m., MoMA Titus 2; Mar. 26, 9:30 p.m., Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center). The film […]

Paula Vogel on Broadway with “Indecent”

Paula Vogel on Broadway with “Indecent”

BY DAVID NOH | A beaming Paula Vogel greeted me with the biggest smile imaginable when I met to talk to her about her latest show, “Indecent,” which deals with Sholem Asch’s controversial 1906 play “God of Vengeance,” and also happens to be her Broadway debut, after 50 years in the theater. Despite her Pulitzer Prize, […]