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Brooklyn’s Finest a West Village Survivor  

Brooklyn’s Finest a West Village Survivor  

BY DAVID NOH | Everett Quinton, an undoubted New York theatrical treasure and character actor extraordinaire, has had quite the busy year. He was wonderfully on point and true to leering form in “Horse Play,” the La MaMa bio of Adah Isaacs Menken starring a luminous Molly Pope. Great reviews came his way for a relatively […]

Summer Lovin’, Summer Camp

Summer Lovin’, Summer Camp

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | One expects an audience of 1,800 people on their feet screaming with delight after “The Book of Mormon” or, now, “Hamilton.” But “Cymbeline?” Shakespeare’s late romance with the convoluted plot and confusing characters — though plenty of lyrical passages of poetry, as well? What’s up with that? What’s up is Daniel Sullivan’s […]

Fringe Frenzy

Fringe Frenzy

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Divine/ Intervention You might say the late, legendary Divine is having a moment. In 2013, the documentary film “I Am Divine” drew raves, scoring a 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. “The Simply Divine Cutout Doll Book” is listed for $600 on eBay. And now the demented drag diva (alter ego of Glenn […]

Reality Theater: The crazy-quilt that is FringeNYC is darker and bolder than ever before

Reality Theater: The crazy-quilt that is FringeNYC is darker and bolder than ever before

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | At 19, the New York International Fringe Festival has come of age. The sprawling fest, known for zany, frivolous shows like “Silence! The Musical,” “Dixie’s Tupperware Party,” and “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” is serving up a piquant dose of realness this year with an assortment of serious-minded queer fare. “There is […]

Terry Baum on Lorena Hickok  

Terry Baum on Lorena Hickok  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Talking to the Oregonian last year, Ken Burns said his 14-hour documentary, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” was just that, “an intimate history, not a tabloid history.” So whether Eleanor Roosevelt had a relationship with journalist Lorena Hickok (as in were they in love and having sex?) is something “We don’t know,” […]

From the 50th State to the Fringe  

From the 50th State  to the Fringe  

BY DAVID NOH | What inspired Yilong Liu to write “Joker?” “I’m interested in Asian American and LGBTQ stories, especially gay Asian stories, either in the states or in the Asia-Pacific Region,” the 25-year-old playwright said. Coming to the 19th Annual New York International Fringe Festival for five performances beginning on Aug. 15, “Joker” is a […]

Crimes of the Art  

Crimes of the Art  

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Even a cursory reading of history reveals that the story of slave trader turned evangelist John Newton as portrayed in the new musical “Amazing Grace” is incorrect. The show posits that, as a result of a spiritual experience in the middle of a near-shipwreck, Newton became a devout Christian and severed all […]

The Inimitable Soph

The Inimitable Soph

BY DAVID NOH | From birth to age 18, a girl needs good parents. From 18 to 35, she needs good looks. From 35 to 55, she needs a good personality. From 55 on, she needs good cash.” There were show biz originals, and then there was Sophie Tucker (1887-1966). Porcine-faced and decidedly stout, Tucker was, […]

Where Brawn Meets Brightness

Where Brawn Meets Brightness

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Last winter, “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey,” James Lecesne’s gripping solo show recounting the tragic disappearance of a flamboyant gay teen in a small Jersey Shore town, got raves during its sold-out stint at the cozy performance space at Dixon Place. Now the production, under the expert direction of Tony Speciale, […]

Ellen’s Back  

Ellen’s Back  

BY DAVID NOH | Real theater comebacks — the kind that incite an electric buzz of anticipation and, when truly triumphant in performance, drive an enslaved audience mad — are rare, indeed. But the long-unseen Ellen Greene, who just recreated her role of Audrey, the hapless but heartbreakingly irresistible heroine of “Little Shop of Horrors,” truly […]

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