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Angelica Page’s Tribute to Mom

Angelica Page’s Tribute to Mom

BY DAVID NOH | There was a time when Geraldine Page, who dazzled in defining works by Tennessee Williams like “Summer and Smoke” and “Sweet Bird of Youth” and went on to movie greatness in “Interiors” and her Oscar-winning “A Trip to Bountiful,” was considered the most exciting actress in America, but today, she, like her […]

Dying Is Easy…

Dying Is Easy…

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The Big Broadcast on East 53rd” belongs to a genre of theater that can only be described as Zombie Comedy. By that I mean, it only appears to be alive and trying to make sense of it will eat your brain. For comedy to work, it has to have an essential grounding […]

Sleepers Wake

Sleepers Wake

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | I’m wondering if it isn’t time for another revolution in the theater. That was my thought as I left “Hi-Fi, Wi-Fi, Sci-Fi,” a dazzling quintet of short plays by Robert Patrick having a brief run at La MaMa. The plays, all but one written from the 1960s to the 1980s, touch on […]

Church of the Safe to Say It

Church of the Safe to Say It

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | It wasn’t that kind of Inaugural Ball. Nobody looked past trans theater artist Maybe Burke’s talent; there was nary a word about who designed the clothes. Eyes didn’t dart when Natalie Douglas declared, “I’m a woman, so bleeding is political” before nailing a song about meeting Jesus in a Christopher Street […]

Dazzling and Theatrical

Dazzling and Theatrical

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The first Broadway production of August Wilson’s “Jitney,” from Manhattan Theatre Club, delivers the kind of moving and magnificent experience one always hopes for in that moment between the dimming of the houselights and when the action begins on stage. The play, the first one written in what became Wilson’s 10-play […]

They Know How to Love Her

They Know How to Love Her

BY DAVID NOH | She was quite literally a goddess of song. Amazonian, too, standing six feet tall with a luscious face that bespoke the beauties in canvases by Gauguin and Burne-Jones. And when she opened that succulent mouth, waves of dulcet, soulful resonance enveloped you like the warmest, most sensual aural caress, with, intriguingly, […]

Triple Play

Triple Play

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | Love is love is love! Park Slope’s Gallery Players has put a same-sex twist on Stephen Sondheim’s lovelorn musical “Marry Me A Little,” which opened January 26. The group presents the show with three alternating casts in the central role – portraying a different-sex couple, a gay male couple, and a lesbian […]

High Infidelity

High Infidelity

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | The Mint Theater Company is famous for unearthing old theatrical gems and polishing them to a brilliant luster for a new generation to enjoy. Plays that may have been hits back in their day yet, for whatever reason, got lost over time. With its latest production, “Yours Unfaithfully,” the Mint even […]

Willa Kim’s Searing Signature

Willa Kim’s Searing Signature

BY DAVID NOH | A multitude of adjectives could be used to describe designer Willa Kim, who passed away in late December at the age of 99 on Vashon Island, Washington, but, somehow, “redoubtable” springs first to mind. She and I were both full-on Cancers, with no Earth in our charts, according to her. We […]

No Mrs. Lloyd Richards Here

No Mrs. Lloyd Richards Here

BY DAVID NOH | Although Celeste Holm, in “All About Eve,” famously described herself as “the playwright’s wife, the lowest form of celebrity,” the same cannot be said of J. Smith-Cameron. She may be the wife of currently white-hot playwright/ film director Kenneth Lonergan, now gathering raves and award nods for “Manchester By the Sea,” but […]