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The Fur is Flying

The Fur is Flying

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | As Gus the theater cat sings in the splendid revival of “Cats” now back on Broadway, “The theater is certainly not what it was.” Aging Gus’ glory days were a highpoint in art, quite lost in all the modernity of a world that, not incidentally, has passed him by. When he wrote […]

A Timely, Gutsy Fringe

A Timely, Gutsy Fringe

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | The New York International Fringe Festival, now two decades old, is notorious for being a fount of frivolity. A quick perusal of this year’s nearly 200 offerings confirms this: “A Naked Brazilian,” “Humorously Horrendous Haunted Hideaway,” and “A Microwaved Burrito Filled with E. Coli.” But over the years, FringeNYC has developed […]

London Theater: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

London Theater:  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

BY ANDY HUMM | While not all those who voted for the Britain to leave Europe were xenophobes, the vote for Brexit did unleash a disturbing wave of attacks on people perceived as different — from violence against Muslims on buses to a Polish waitress being told to go back where she came from to a gay […]

The Highest Stakes

The Highest Stakes

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | If the prospect of sitting through three hours of Mideast political negotiations on a sultry summer night seems daunting, I understand. But you should not miss this fascinating play about the 1993 Oslo Accords, a most unlikely peace negotiated between Israel and Palestine in Norway. On the surface, “Oslo” is the literal […]

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 […]

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