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An Upper West Side Liberal Living Legend

An Upper West Side Liberal Living Legend

BY DAVID NOH | Living for years on the Upper West Side where she was born is a woman who is something of a living legend. Lee Grant’s life has encompassed so incredibly many facets, spanning her own New York Jewish roots, a debut with the Metropolitan Opera at the age of four, and a […]

Nellie’s Billy

Nellie’s Billy

BY DAVID NOH | One of the great enigmas in the music world, William Lee “Billy” Tipton (1914 – 1989) was an American jazz musician and bandleader, who, it was discovered after his death, was born a woman. Named Dorothy Louise Tipton at birth in Oklahoma, he took his father’s name, “Billy,” when he started his […]

Nature Studies

Nature Studies

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE  | Nature is so strong a theme in both the poetry and plot of “King Lear” that at first it’s surprising to walk into Central Park’s Delacorte Theater and see the bucolic surroundings virtually obscured by John Lee Beatty’s dominating, monochromatic wall. Mostly known for lavish interiors and finely wrought details, here […]

Risky Business

Risky Business

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Have you ever walked out of a Broadway show scratching your head and muttering, “I paid over a hundred bucks for this?” Sure, plenty are sensational, but others are so polished, pandering, or just plain ill-conceived they seem more about recouping mega investments than actually communicating inspired ideas in fresh ways. And […]

A Preston Sturges Gem from the Attic

A Preston Sturges Gem from the Attic

BY DAVID NOH | No one wrote women better than Preston Sturges. Whether it was delectable Nancy Carroll’s Brooklyn dance hall hostess who winds up on Park Avenue in “Child of Manhattan”; the dual role of princess and commoner that Sylvia Sidney, given a glorious reprise from tenement weepers, played in the charming “Thirty Day […]

Short and Shorter

Short and Shorter

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Unevenness is inherent in any evening of short plays, but among the six pieces that make up the Summer Shorts series at 59E59, there are two plays and four performances that are not to be missed. “Napoleon in Exile” by Daniel Reitz and “The Mulberry Bush” by Neil LaBute — both […]

Toastmistress to Ladies Who Lunch Everywhere Has Left the Building

Toastmistress to Ladies Who Lunch Everywhere Has Left the Building

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Elaine Stritch, the legendary Broadway actress who won a 2002 Tony for her one-woman show but may be best known to  young audiences as Alec Baldwin’s mother on NBC’s “30 Rock,” died on July 17. Having long contended with diabetes and more recently stomach cancer, the 89-year-old Stritch gave up her […]

HOT! at 23

HOT! at 23

BY DAVID NOH | Ellie Covan’s annual HOT! Festival of live queer performance is celebrating its unbelievable 23rd year at Dixon Place, so I trekked down to her wonderful Lower East Side space to get the full dish, which she provided in her inimitably random yet wholly delightful way (161A Chrystie St., btwn. Rivington & […]

Summer Camp, Summer Love, Summer Doldrums

Summer Camp, Summer Love, Summer Doldrums

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Summer camp takes on a whole new meaning with the silly and utterly winning revival of “Pageant,” now at the Davenport Theatre. First seen nearly a quarter of a century ago, this send-up of beauty pageants has men playing the girls as they compete for the sought-after title of Miss Glamouresse, […]

Shake It Up Baby, Now

Shake It Up Baby, Now

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Have you seen the latest rollicking jukebox bio-musical that showcases hits from the 1960s written by a plucky Jewish songwriter, based in New York’s legendary Brill Building, who helped performers become superstars while being forced to stand in the shadows? No, I’m not talking about “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” This one’s […]

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