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Geek Power

Geek Power

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Move over Gotham, there’s a hip new hangout for superheroes: Brooklyn. At least that’s the conceit behind “Brooklynite,” the affable musical crafted by Peter Lerman, who wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book with Michael Mayer (“Hedwig”), who also directs. Ripped from the pages of your favorite comic books, […]

Flash of Brilliance

Flash of Brilliance

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | After seeing “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey,” James Lecesne’s gripping solo show recounting the tragic disappearance of a flamboyant gay teen in a tiny Jersey Shore town, I was compelled to research the case online. The details of the incident and characters were portrayed so vividly, I was convinced the […]

When a Straight Irishman Stumbles into a Gay Parade

When a Straight Irishman Stumbles into a Gay Parade

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | It all started with the big drum. “I had built the biggest drum in the world, 15 feet in diameter,” Brian Fleming said. “The drum they called the biggest drum in the world, it looked like a little bongo compared to mine!” Fleming, who lives in County Clare, Ireland, decided that the […]

Song and Story

Song and Story

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | One tends to think of “political theater” as heavy, pedantic, angry, and obscure, a kind of dramatic breast-beating self-conscious about its own significance. So, when political theater comes in a package as bright and buoyant as the new musical “Pretty/ Filthy,” it may take a few moments to realize how insightful it […]

Long Night’s Journey into Death

Long Night’s Journey into Death

BY ANDY HUMM | “The Iceman Cometh” starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy in top form along with a flawless ensemble is first and foremost as good and true a rendering of Eugene O’Neill’s epic drama of alcoholism and despair as we are likely to see. The creative team from the Goodman Theatre in Chicago led […]

Color Commentary

Color Commentary

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | We live in a post-racial society. At least that’s what the average American wants to believe. Ask anyone if they’re guilty of racism and chances are they’ll be galled and fiercely deny it. Yet studies — and recent news headlines — suggest otherwise. In truth, sometimes there is a yawning, murky […]

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Looking Back, Looking Forward

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | As the US Supreme Court prepares to take on the question of marriage equality for the final — perhaps — time, the worldwide push for LGBT rights continues on many other fronts. Marriage equality is also the topic this spring in Ireland, where it will be the subject of a national referendum. […]

Scary Good, Scary Bad

Scary Good, Scary Bad

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Let the Right One In,” the stage adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel and screenplay is perfectly horrible — and that’s meant as the highest praise. The contemporary vampire tale manages to have an enormous heart, while delivering delicious chills. Beautifully staged by John Tiffany, it is a mix of vampire lore […]

Hearts in Exile

Hearts in Exile

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | In the arena of doomed lovers in drama, Romeo and Juliet have some pretty stiff competition from Jimmie LeRoy and Claire Hicks, misunderstood misfits at the center of “Home In Her Heart,” now playing at Stage Left Studio. Jimmie is a white, Jewish, middle-aged male impersonator with a popular tap-dance act. […]

A Rushed Month in the Country

A Rushed Month in the Country

BY ANDY HUMM | The Classic Stage Company has cut Turgenev’s five-hour “A Month in the Country” to 120 minutes, but nevertheless left us with a long stay in the woods, unfortunately not in the presence of very compelling people. Why director Erica Schmidt felt compelled to commission a new clunky version by the actor […]

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