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Made to Measure

Made to Measure

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Shakespeare was an inveterate plot stealer, and if turnabout is fair play the creators of the rollicking Off-Broadway musical “Desperate Measures,” with book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg and music by David Friedman, have paid suitable homage to the Bard. The plot-lifting of “Measure for Measure,” however, is about as far […]

Defying Gravity

Defying Gravity

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | In 2015 Joshua Harmon charmed audiences with “Significant Other,” a comic appraisal of a covetous gay man being stuck and single while his straight pals couple off and move forward. The Roundabout Theatre production resonated so forcefully that it made the leap to Broadway. And now he’s back at the Roundabout […]

The Green-Eyed Monster is Loose

The Green-Eyed Monster is Loose

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | It’s purely speculative, but it wouldn’t be remotely surprising if the Public Theater’s decision to stage “Othello” on a set of Gothic arches with actors in full Elizabethan drag is intended as a subtle, thumbed-nose response to the reactionary protesters of last season’s modern-dress “Julius Caesar” that provoked such ire as it […]

Butches and Femmes After Dark in the ‘50s

Butches and Femmes After Dark in the ‘50s

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | Merril Mushroom’s “Bar Dykes,” written in the 1980s, concerns a lesbian bar in the 1950s. It has a cast of 11, butches and femmes, who gather each night at the bar, cruising, dancing, and drinking, with the threat of Lily Law always imminent. Performed once in Florida and once in Los Angeles, […]

Pride in the Theater

Pride in the Theater

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | One of the great things about the current theater market is that if you want to see a show, you probably can. The total sold-out doesn’t exist, if you have the time or, more likely, the money. If you’ve decided that you want to add a show to your Pride celebration […]

When Empathy Falls Short

When Empathy Falls Short

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | The intrepid Playwrights Horizons has ventured into uncharted territory with “Log Cabin,” a visionary, caustic drama that raises prickly issues about gender, race, friendship, and plenty more. Just in time for LGBTQ Pride Month, the play, written by openly gay Jordan Harrison (“Marjorie Prime,” “Maple & Vine”), focuses on the T stripe […]

Bad Girls

Bad Girls

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | If you weren’t there, then you probably don’t know. The influence of Donna Summer’s music was both liberating and profound in discos from New York to Los Angeles — and especially places like sleepy Wilmington, Delaware, where underage, deeply closeted gay kids were able to sneak into the only gay disco for […]

Party Like It’s 1968

Party Like It’s 1968

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | When “The Boys in the Band,” the comic drama about a hellish birthday party full of snarky, self-loathing homosexuals, premiered in a fringy venue in 1968, it was slated to run for only fie days. But the frank, nonjudgmental portrayal of this maligned minority, never before seen onstage, caused such a sensation […]

Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Simpering, self-loathing gay stereotypes. That’s why many naysayers are refusing to see the revival of “The Boys in the Band,” now on Broadway for the first time. And that’s a shame — shouldn’t the play be seen as a cautionary period piece, showing how strained life for gay men once was and […]

Oh, Boys

Oh, Boys

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Does art serve any purpose? For Tom Stoppard, a prodigious linguistic artist, the answer, not surprisingly is an unqualified yes. Nowhere could that be more clear in than in the effervescent, exciting, and thoroughly engrossing revival of his 1974 play “Travesties” now at Roundabout. If you have even a cursory love of […]