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Spring Blossoms

Spring Blossoms

BY DAVID NOH | On April 3, the Quad Cinema had a splashy celebration marking its one year anniversary since its big remodelling. If you haven’t been to the venerable movie house, founded in 1972, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. It’s been gleamingly overhauled into a state of the art venue, with an affordable wine […]

Rocking, Rolling, and Playing Dead

Rocking, Rolling, and Playing Dead

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Mark my words: Twenty years from now we’ll be seeing stories about young actors who were inspired to enter showbiz after seeing “School of Rock” on Broadway as a little kid. Not since “Annie” has there been such an adorable — or more talented — gaggle of moppets on stage or one […]

Deconstructing “Cruising”

Deconstructing “Cruising”

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Filmmaker Travis Mathews garnered considerable attention for his debut feature, “I Want Your Love,” and not just because it featured explicit gay sex. It was a poignant, intimate drama about a gay man facing a crossroads in his life. The film caught the attention of actor, writer, and director James Franco, […]

Personality Driven

Personality Driven

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | In his Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Glengarry Glen Ross,” David Mamet uses language and situation to mine the more elemental characteristics of males — survival, sexual prowess, and dominance — all in the metaphor of competition to sell questionable tracts of land in early ‘80s Florida. It is a battle royale in a […]