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The Mink Who Stole Christmas Back

The Mink Who Stole Christmas Back

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | When the world seems cold and cruel, devoid of the kind of seasonal spirit that motivates you to throw back the covers and forge ahead instead of curling up and calling in sick, there’s one surefire way to give gloom the heave-ho, ho, ho: Knock back a cocktail, wrap yourself in Mink, […]

Bucking One’s Fate

Bucking One’s Fate

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | For all its inherent, and inescapable, ebullience, the classic musical “Sweet Charity” has never been so nuanced and moving as in the stunning, stripped-down production now at The New Group. The story of a taxi dancer looking for love, constantly disappointed, and yet clinging relentlessly to her romantic ideals has usually been […]

Torn from the Headlines

Torn from the Headlines

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | As I watched events unfold on Election Night, among my many concerns was how the results would affect the Gabriel family. In talking with friends and fans of Richard Nelson’s trilogy, “The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family,” I realized I was not alone. Nelson’s artistry is such […]

Russian Roulette

Russian Roulette

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | “Are you ready to wake up?” is the tagline for the awkwardly titled “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” inspired by a particularly juicy slice of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” involving a love quadrangle gone awry. Indeed, this daring, dazzling musical (some might call it a pop-folk opera, as […]

Conjuring A Scorned Queer King

Conjuring A Scorned Queer King

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Christopher Marlowe’s gutsy 1593 historical tragedy “Edward II,” which traces the spectacular demise of the English monarch following his scandalous love affairs with other men, is laced with intrigue, treachery, power grabs, murder, and man-on-man sex. And who better to give this complex, ancient tale a much-needed makeover than Erik Ransom, […]

Horror Is the New Fleck Tone

Horror Is the New Fleck Tone

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Halloween may be over, but that’s no reason to pass up the opportunity to grip your ticket and enter the creepy old house at Dixon Place that John Fleck has stocked to the hilt with death, dread, grief, greed, sex, secrets, and lye (and, also, lies). “I like to scare and […]

Games People Play

Games People Play

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Sad to say, the erotic entanglements in the turgid revival of Christopher Hampton’s “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” are far more ennuyeuses — tedious — than dangerous. That’s a shame because this play about two self-involved aristocrats who feed their own passions by destroying other people through sex has so much potential. Indeed, […]

My Fractured Queer Family

My Fractured Queer Family

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | When “Falsettos,” a comic, sung-through musical tracing the tribulations of a fractious band of New Yorkers — many of them gay — landed on Broadway back in 1992, it was a heady time for LGBT rights. ACT UP was still in full-on warfare mode, desperately trying to draw attention to the shameful […]

The Human Comedy

The Human Comedy

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Resisting the effects of time and the inevitable change it brings is futile — and a sure path to disappointment, if not tragedy. That resistance is, however, the stuff of theater, and few plays illustrate the struggle more clearly or compellingly than “The Cherry Orchard.” Though it depicts a Russian family […]

Queen of the Harlem Renaissance

Queen of the Harlem Renaissance

BY TRAV S.D. | This year is the 125th anniversary of the birth of trailblazing African-American writer, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960). To mark the occasion, the New Federal Theatre is reviving its 1998 production of Laurence Holder’s “Zora Neale Hurston: A Theatrical Biography.” Sometimes known as the “Queen of the Harlem Renaissance,” […]

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