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More Heat than Light

More Heat than Light

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The Canadian romantic drama “Below Her Mouth” may become an erotic lesbian cinema classic — its many sex scenes as hot as the two female protagonists — but the underlying story is hardly groundbreaking. It’s nothing readers of romance novels won’t find very familiar. The film opens with Dallas having […]

Renovated Quad Relights Indie Torch

Renovated Quad Relights Indie Torch

BY SEAN EGAN | “You go back and look at listings in New York magazine from the late ’70s of movie theaters, and you’ll see there were dozens of movie theaters downtown and none of them are around anymore,” explained film programmer C. Mason Wells. “They’re all practically gone — but the Quad remains. The […]

Spoofing “Hamilton,” Saluting Comden

Spoofing “Hamilton,” Saluting Comden

BY DAVID NOH | The multi-talented Christine Pedi is a genuine New York treasure, delighting us for years now with her hilarious impressions of all our favorite Broadway divas — boobalicious, crusty-voiced Bernadette, pear-toned if a tad wobbly Julie Andrews, a Sherman tank of a Stritch and, of course, an endlessly manic Liza. A new chapter […]

Who’s Afraid of Hugo Wolf?

Who’s Afraid of Hugo Wolf?

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | The Met finally replaced its beloved if stodgy 1969 staging of “Rosenkavalier” with Robert Carsen’s clever, usually over-busy production from Covent Garden, sporting striking if not always handsome Sezession sets (Paul Steinberg) and outstanding pre-World War I period costumes (Brigitte Reiffenstuel). Strauss and von Hofmannsthal crafted three stupendous act endings; to […]

Playing Tricks

Playing Tricks

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The new musical “Amélie” would be perfect for a first date. It’s endearing, not too demanding, and with the magnificent Phillipa Soo in the title role stages a charm crusade that is nigh irresistible. That may seem like damning with faint praise, but “Amélie” makes little pretense of having big ambitions. […]

Foxy Ladies

Foxy Ladies

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” has one of the juiciest female roles in American theater: Regina Giddens, a greedy matriarch conniving for control of the family cotton business in Alabama at the turn of the 20th century. None other than Tallulah Bankhead originated the Broadway role; in revivals, Anne Bancroft, Elizabeth Taylor, […]

A Failed Meditation on Acting

A Failed Meditation on Acting

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Sometimes films turn out to be something completely different from what they promise. French director Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay” purports to be a comedy/ mystery about a series of disappearances in 1910 Calais. In reality, it’s about the nature of acting. Dumont has long used non-professional actors, casting them with a brave […]

La Ross Returns

La Ross Returns

BY DAVID NOH | Diana Ross — that diva of divas, from a day when the real thing existed (acclaimed as such by critics and public, not presumptuously describing themselves as such, like Demi Lovato did recently on James Corden’s show) — is coming to town! On April 24 – 29, she will be in […]

Living History

Living History

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | When it comes to queer theater, no one is more talented — or eminently influential — than Harvey Fierstein. “Torch Song Trilogy,” “La Cage Aux Folles,” “Hairspray,” “Casa Valentina,” “Kinky Boots” — these are just a few of the iconic works he wrote or starred in (or both). And remember, he […]

Joined at the Heart

Joined at the Heart

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “Heal the Living,” about a handful of lives that are changed as a result of a car accident, could have been maudlin and soapy. However, in the careful hands of director Katell Quillévéré, this is truly a life-affirming drama. Quillévéré and Gilles Taurand adapted Maylis de Kerangal’s celebrated 2014 novel. The […]