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Addicted to Likes

Addicted to Likes

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | There is no pre-show announcement at “Privacy” demanding the silencing of cell phones. In fact, they urge you to keep them switched on and to fiddle with them throughout the play. Within minutes, it’s clear that this provocative appraisal of identity in the digital age, now enjoying a sold-out run at the […]

Pitch Imperfect

Pitch Imperfect

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | You won’t go see “The Marvelous Wonderettes” for its plot, that’s for sure. It’s a forced, paper-thin tale of a high school girl group recruited to entertain at their prom and then reunited 10 years later. The reason you might be tempted to go is to hear the songs from the […]

Yazbek & McClure

Yazbek & McClure

BY DAVID NOH | When I met my favorite living musical composer, David Yazbek, at the June 21 press preview at 54 Below for its upcoming shows, I threw a very unfamiliar name at him. “J. Akuhead Pupule,” I said. “Ever hear of him? Thought not. But you’re right: it does sound Hawaiian. He was actually […]

Gender Bent and Broken

Gender Bent and Broken

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Rape on campus is much in the news. From the cases at Vanderbilt and the University of Virginia to recent controversies over sentences handed down in rapes at Indiana University and Stanford, it’s a subject that’s fraught with tension. While court proceedings, reactions to them, and protests are widely covered, the […]

Making Diversity Happen

Making Diversity Happen

BY BRIAN McCORMICK | Brooklyn Arts Exchange, familiarly known as BAX, was started 25 years ago by director Marya Warshaw with a dream that there could be a haven in Brooklyn for all artists at every stage of their development. From its humble beginnings on Douglass Street, BAX has grown into a two-story arts center […]

Your Pride Shows

Your Pride Shows

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Welcome to Gay City News’ sixth annual round-up of what’s on, what you should see, and how you can get in if you hope to make a trip to the theater part of your Pride celebration — but you haven’t planned ahead. The good news is that for last-minute theatergoers, there are […]

The Big Chill

The Big Chill

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | New York’s summer theater scene usually boasts lighter, feel-good fare, especially during Pride Month, when it throws on a rainbow-hued feather boa and kicks up its heels. Out gay playwright Samuel D. Hunter (“The Whale,” “A Bright New Boise”) is oblivious to this tradition. And that’s fine by me. His latest work, […]

The Broadway Season & Home for Dinner

The Broadway Season & Home for Dinner

BY SAM OGLESBY | Have you ever fantasized about seeing all the shows on Broadway, knowing full well you don’t have the time, never mind the money to realize that dream? Well, I was lucky enough to come close – all in one afternoon. On June 3, I saw “Stars in the Alley,” the absolutely […]

That Voice

That Voice

BY DAVID NOH | Stretching the boundaries of her already full and rich career, Kathleen Turner will enter the world of Terpsichore with her participation in a program from Rioult Dance NY. I caught this exciting company’s Edith Piaf homage last spring and was dazzled by its vibrant mélange of choreographic styles, storytelling, and sound, and […]

Reason, Myth & Hollywood Spectacle

Reason, Myth & Hollywood Spectacle

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The new theater season is only a few weeks old, but it’s safe to say Nick Payne’s “Incognito” will be one of the most exciting plays you’ll see this year. That may be even more surprising when one realizes that the play is ostensibly about brain function. Or, more accurately, about how […]

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