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Don’t Walk Away, Renée

Don’t Walk Away, Renée

BY DAVID NOH | I want confess something right up front: I love this woman. It started back in 1970, when I went to a near-deserted  Royal moviehouse in Waikiki to see “Made for Each Other” (1971), one of the greatest romantic misfit comedies ever made written by and starring the unknown-to-me husband and wife team […]

Songs, Socialists, and Saints

Songs, Socialists, and Saints

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” is a notoriously difficult musical. With a clumsy book and a very mixed score, were it not for Barbra Streisand in the 1970 movie (also a dud), it might be completely forgotten. The original 1965 production did run 280 performances, though the 2011 revival […]

Interrogating Jimmy

Interrogating Jimmy

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | Jewelle Gomez is coming back to New York City. The award-winning writer and activist arrives next week for the New York premiere of her new play, “Waiting for Giovanni,” written with Harry Waters, Jr. “Waiting for Giovanni,” inspired by James Baldwin writing the novel “Giovanni’s Room,” directed by Mark Finley, and presented […]

Made to Measure

Made to Measure

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Shakespeare was an inveterate plot stealer, and if turnabout is fair play the creators of the rollicking Off-Broadway musical “Desperate Measures,” with book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg and music by David Friedman, have paid suitable homage to the Bard. The plot-lifting of “Measure for Measure,” however, is about as far […]

Defying Gravity

Defying Gravity

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | In 2015 Joshua Harmon charmed audiences with “Significant Other,” a comic appraisal of a covetous gay man being stuck and single while his straight pals couple off and move forward. The Roundabout Theatre production resonated so forcefully that it made the leap to Broadway. And now he’s back at the Roundabout […]

The Green-Eyed Monster is Loose

The Green-Eyed Monster is Loose

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | It’s purely speculative, but it wouldn’t be remotely surprising if the Public Theater’s decision to stage “Othello” on a set of Gothic arches with actors in full Elizabethan drag is intended as a subtle, thumbed-nose response to the reactionary protesters of last season’s modern-dress “Julius Caesar” that provoked such ire as it […]

Butches and Femmes After Dark in the ‘50s

Butches and Femmes After Dark in the ‘50s

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | Merril Mushroom’s “Bar Dykes,” written in the 1980s, concerns a lesbian bar in the 1950s. It has a cast of 11, butches and femmes, who gather each night at the bar, cruising, dancing, and drinking, with the threat of Lily Law always imminent. Performed once in Florida and once in Los Angeles, […]

Pride in the Theater

Pride in the Theater

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | One of the great things about the current theater market is that if you want to see a show, you probably can. The total sold-out doesn’t exist, if you have the time or, more likely, the money. If you’ve decided that you want to add a show to your Pride celebration […]

When Empathy Falls Short

When Empathy Falls Short

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | The intrepid Playwrights Horizons has ventured into uncharted territory with “Log Cabin,” a visionary, caustic drama that raises prickly issues about gender, race, friendship, and plenty more. Just in time for LGBTQ Pride Month, the play, written by openly gay Jordan Harrison (“Marjorie Prime,” “Maple & Vine”), focuses on the T stripe […]

Bad Girls

Bad Girls

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | If you weren’t there, then you probably don’t know. The influence of Donna Summer’s music was both liberating and profound in discos from New York to Los Angeles — and especially places like sleepy Wilmington, Delaware, where underage, deeply closeted gay kids were able to sneak into the only gay disco for […]

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