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A Korean-American Girl’s Tale

A Korean-American Girl’s Tale

BY DAVID NOH | Korean-born Soomi Kim is a firmly established actor and movement artist, whose past performance pieces have tackled some big subjects. “Dictee” was an adaptation of the seminal 1982 book about women throughout history struggling, at great personal cost, against long odds in their societies, written by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, who herself […]

Ludlam Celebrated By Those He Loved

Ludlam Celebrated By Those He Loved

BY DAVID NOH | The late, great Charles Ludlam wrote dozens of plays, but they are rarely revived right here in the very city in which he pioneered the alternative theater scene. To remedy that, La MaMa is reviving his “Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide,” commemorating both the playwright’s founding of his […]

Friends in Crisis

Friends in Crisis

BY DAVID NOH | Steven Dietz’s “Lonely Planet” is a terrific play from Keen Theater, laced with humor and piercing little jabs of melancholy, about two friends Jody (Arnie Burton) and Carl (Matt McGrath) in a fraught time, namely the plague years of AIDS. I once had a friend, since deceased, who, although a brilliant guy […]

Song of Himself

Song of Himself

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | The spate of first-time revivals of groundbreaking gay-themed shows continues. In recent seasons, “The Normal Heart,” “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” and “Falsettos” have all returned to major New York stages with varying degrees of success. This season, “M. Butterfly” is back on Broadway for the first time, and “Angels in America” is […]

Time and Love, Everybody

Time and Love, Everybody

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | If we could understand time in a non-linear fashion, how would that change our lives and choices? That’s the question posed by “Time and the Conways,” J.B. Priestley’s 1937 play now getting a sublime and gorgeously heartbreaking production at the Roundabout. Taking place in 1919 and 1937, it chronicles a family […]

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Amy Herzog’s magnificent new play “Mary Jane” is powerful, deeply moving, and breathtakingly economical. The story of a single mother taking care of her desperately ill child sneaks up on you, as the mother, Mary Jane, tries to manage the health care system and her ongoing losses while struggling to put a […]

Alessandrini Celebrates Song; Fraser Dives Deep

Alessandrini Celebrates Song; Fraser Dives Deep

BY DAVID NOH  | “I’ve been wanting to do a Maury Yeston for many years,” the ultra-genial theatrical eminence Gerard Alessandrini (“Forbidden Broadway,” “Spamalot”) said to me at the Galaxy Diner, just around the corner from the theater where he was in rehearsals for “Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Songs of Maury Yeston.” “Maury’s […]

Stonewall-Set “Street Theater” Galvanizes Us for Future Struggles

Stonewall-Set “Street Theater” Galvanizes Us for Future Struggles

BY TRAV S.D. | If there’s one lesson to be drawn from events of the last several months, it’s that nothing is to be taken for granted. Hard-won rights may be taken away tomorrow as though they’d never been attained in the first place. Set in Greenwich Village shortly before June 28, 1969 events at […]

Performance Provocateur and Rooted Married Man

Performance Provocateur and Rooted Married Man

BY WILLIAM J. MANN | “Rooted,” the new performance by internationally acclaimed solo performer Tim Miller, digs deep as it explores New York history, his family trees that grow here, and what happens when we actually manage to achieve one kind of social change — like marriage equality — after a long effort only to […]

Rock Bottom

Rock Bottom

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Queer playwright Andy Halliday has a sincere quibble with the gay community. In its decades-long crusade for equality and respect, the public image of gay men has been somewhat sanitized. Certain honest, warts-and-all portrayals onstage are not only seen as politically incorrect, but as a tacit betrayal. Drug abuse, for example, runs […]