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Histrionics Halliday Style

Histrionics Halliday Style

BY DAVID NOH | Everything just happens to me. I never have had to go after anything,” Andy Halliday told me. The actor turned playwright is brimming over with excitement these days over the opening of his latest opus, “Up the Rabbit Hole,” which just opened at Theater for the New City (see David Kennerley’s review). […]

Character Actress Assoluta   

Character Actress Assoluta   

BY DAVID NOH | That absolute goddess of a character actress Julie Halston is having quite the year. After demolishing both audiences and admiring critics with the most hilarious cameo appearance ever in “You Can’t Take It with You,” she immediately went into “On the Town” for a short stint replacing Jackie Hoffman, and is now […]

‘Sinka at 60

‘Sinka at 60

BY TROY MASTERS | John Epperson, widely known as Lypsinka’s “Hideous Maid,” celebrated his 60th birthday on April 24 at Elmo’s in Chelsea at an event hosted by Lady Bunny. Much to Bunny’s chagrin, her 78-year-old mom, Lady Becky, upstaged Bunny, wearing a classic Lady Bunny outfit and wig. The rest of the well-wishers read like […]

Fierce Farce

Fierce Farce

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | When an edgy, offbeat play transfers to Off Broadway, it’s easy to imagine the work has sprung from some fringy stage in the bowels of downtown Manhattan — or perhaps Bushwick. But “Drop Dead Perfect,” a madcap romp that manages to both skewer and honor noir melodramas from the 1950s, was incubated […]

Genre Bender

Genre Bender

  BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Mention the name Charles Ludlam, even to New York theater junkies, and you’re likely to be met with blank stares. When you give hints about his trademarks — cross-dressing, elaborate costumes, campy parody of noir Hollywood films, zany plot twists, double entendres — you’re likely to get, “Oh, you mean Charles […]

Return of the Well-Made Play

Return of the Well-Made Play

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Charles Busch is up to his gender-bending tricks again, and the result is an absolutely delightful screwball comedy, “The Tribute Artist,” now at Primary Stages. Busch has penned — and stars in — a comedy reminiscent of the great classics of Kaufman and Hart with a little bit of the Marx Brothers […]