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Another Anthology Drag Deep Dive

Another Anthology Drag Deep Dive

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The second of three anticipated programs at the Anthology Film Archives about cross-dressing and drag on screen features a number of films — Ernst Lubitsch’s “I Don’t Want to Be a Man” (Jun. 11, 5 p.m.; Jun. 17, 9 p.m.) and Barbara Streisand’s “Yentl” (Jun. 12, 8:45 p.m.; Jun. 16, […]

How Trump Drove Priscilla to Park Slope

How Trump Drove Priscilla to Park Slope

BY JULIANNE CUBA | All aboard the Priscilla! The famed 1994 Australian film about drag queens trekking across the Outback is getting a Brooklyn-style makeover this summer. The musical “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” opening at the Old Stone House in Park Slope on July 6, changes the setting from ‘90s Australia to America today, […]

A Trove of Lubitsch

A Trove of Lubitsch

BY DAVID NOH | No single filmmaker has provided me with more sheer delight than Ernst Lubitsch, currently enjoying a comprehensive retrospective marking his 125th birthday at Film Forum. An always-surprising effervescent wit, uncanny sophistication, and radiating charm were the hallmarks of his work and, in his day, he was the highest-rated director in Hollywood, recognized […]

Magical Thinking

Magical Thinking

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Ritualized pederasty, sex slavery, and ongoing abuse are difficult topics for a musical. Yet they are the ingredients in the toxic stew of a show with the shockingly romantic name “The Boy Who Danced on Air.” The subject matter is drawn from a 2010 documentary that chronicles an Afghani tradition of bacha […]

The Giddy Side of Greed

The Giddy Side of Greed

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | With a massive ensemble bursting with Broadway-caliber comedic talent, it’s hard to imagine how they got any work done during rehearsals of the latest revival of “The Government Inspector,” Nikolai Gogol’s goofy farce about greed run amok. Lead by the irrepressible Michael Urie (the former “Ugly Betty” star who’s been on […]

Fitting In, Standing Out

Fitting In, Standing Out

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The Irish import “Handsome Devil” is out gay writer/ director John Butler’s absolutely charming coming-of-age story about two boarding school roommates. Ned (Fionn O’Shea) is a wiry, red headed, music-loving gay outsider, while Conor (Nicholas Galitzine) is a closeted star athlete on the rugby pitch. The film may tread familiar gay […]

Faux Stakes, Real Laughs

Faux Stakes, Real Laughs

BY TRAV S.D. | The summer of 1967 — 50 years ago, now! –– is remembered today for many things. It was the “Summer of Love” — the Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and the Monterey Pop Festival brought together many of the top musical acts of the day. But it was […]

Marlene’s Movies

Marlene’s Movies

BY DAVID NOH | Marlene Dietrich, a star of many accomplishments and fecund longevity, was one of the last century’s most remarkable women in having made herself a literal human mirror to history. In the hometown that she deserted, Berlin, Dietrich is still very much alive — her spirit evoked on many street corners, its […]

Music and Art

Music and Art

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Stripping down Sondheim is a trend this season, and theater is much better for it. On the heels of the artfully shaved “Sweeney Todd,” still packing the diminutive house at the Barrow Street Theatre, comes CSC’s comparably pared down mounting of “Pacific Overtures.” In both cases, the reductions serve the pieces […]

Katrina Lenk’s One-Two Punch

Katrina Lenk’s One-Two Punch

BY DAVID NOH | A triple threat and then some, Katrina Lenk is an actor I’d never of heard before seeing her illuminate David Yazbek’s stunning “The Band’s Visit” at the Atlantic Theatre Company earlier this year. Then, later in the season, this exquisite apparition — no other word, really — came out on stage in […]