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Justin Sayre: A Thousand Judys & A Million Laughs

Justin Sayre: A Thousand Judys & A Million Laughs

BY DAVID NOH | With one of our community’s most beloved events, “Night of a Thousand Judys,” coming up on June 6 at Merkin Concert Hall, I snatched the chance to speak with its flamboyantly witty and fun impresario, Justin Sayre. Already a near New York legend for “The Meeting*,” his regular convening of all things […]

Andréa Burns Embraces the Cuban Mother Within

Andréa Burns Embraces the Cuban Mother Within

  BY DAVID NOH | The always cozy and enjoyable Dramatist Guild luncheon at the Marriott on May 12 rightly honored a radiant Audra McDonald who is currently giving a triple threat performance in “Shuffle Along” that — even pregnant, while tapping away — is by any standard great. The fact that she has won six […]

Race Man, Funny Man

Race Man, Funny Man

BY ANDY HUMM | “Nigger!” That’s what I shouted at Dick Gregory at his insistence. And he replied, “Thank you, white man in the mustache. You just made me 50 bucks.” To see how such an audacious “joke” works, you have to go see Joe Morton’s epic and bitingly funny portrayal, in Gretchen Law’s “Turn […]

A Grossly Indecent Betrayal

A Grossly Indecent Betrayal

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | For years, Rupert Everett has rankled the LGBT community by blaming being openly gay for poisoning his acting career. Of course, saying things like “I can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads” a few years ago hasn’t exactly won him many queer fans, either. “Self-loathing” […]

Bordonada Assoluta

Bordonada Assoluta

BY DAVID NOH | A protean, largely unknown talent just hit town. I am talking about Carla Bordonada, who, before a packed, cheering May 8 house, won the Rising Star vocal competition at Hell’s Kitchen’s Rise Bar. Following eight weeks of preliminaries and facing two other finalists, she triumphed, after bringing down the house with three […]

Crazy for You

Crazy for You

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The best satire has truth at its core. If you want to plumb the source of today’s narcissistically isolated and social media-obsessed culture, where attention is a kind of currency and FOMO (fear of missing out) has recurring emotional costs, look no further than “American Psycho.” Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel has […]

Next To Moral

Next To Moral

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | “I cried my makeup off!” one young woman squealed as she joined her blubbering friends after seeing “Dear Evan Hansen,” the heart-piercing, soul-stirring new musical about a socially awkward, depressive high school boy desperate to fit in. Not that you can blame them, for the work is cut from the same […]

Savion Glover’s Steps, Though Not His Feet  

Savion Glover’s Steps, Though Not His Feet  

BY ZITA ALLEN | When “Shuffle Along or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All that Followed” opens at the Music Box Theater on April 28, it won’t be tap wizard Savion Glover’s first time on Broadway. Glover’s signature style has dazzled the eye and boggled the mind ever since he debuted at […]

Thank God for Mike

Thank God for Mike

  BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Though comedy is wonderful, attempting to explain it can be deadly dull. E.B. White once compared comedy analysis to dissecting a frog: “Few people are interested, and the frog dies.” That’s all very well and good for the audience, but for the comedian, analysis is an essential part of the process […]

Stealing Time

Stealing Time

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | If somebody offered you a magic elixir that guarantees you will live forever, fixed at your current age, would you gulp it down? “Not so fast,” cautions “Tuck Everlasting,” the soft-spoken, utterly enchanting new musical about a family frozen in time, now at the Broadhurst Theatre. Based on the 1975 novel […]

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