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Space Queens Unleashed, Again

Space Queens Unleashed, Again

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | When you think of the storied, experimental Ridiculous Theatrical Company, co-founded by the über-talented, unabashedly queer Charles Ludlam in the late 1960s, what first comes to mind is comic camp, followed soon after by freaky frivolity. Certainly the play titles alone suggest a warped brand of ridiculousness: “The Mystery of Irma Vep” […]

Why I Chose To Be Gay

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | Yes, you read that right. And yes, I’m quite aware of what those words imply. It’s 2017 and the notion that sexual orientation is anything other than innate is understood in American culture — and widely accepted in much of the “civilized” world as well. But said acceptance has arrived only […]

Conjuring A Scorned Queer King

Conjuring A Scorned Queer King

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Christopher Marlowe’s gutsy 1593 historical tragedy “Edward II,” which traces the spectacular demise of the English monarch following his scandalous love affairs with other men, is laced with intrigue, treachery, power grabs, murder, and man-on-man sex. And who better to give this complex, ancient tale a much-needed makeover than Erik Ransom, […]

Big Too Small in “Doctor Faustus”

Big Too Small in “Doctor Faustus”

BY ANDY HUMM | Is this the play that launch’d modern theater? Classic Stage Company provides a very interesting essay on that subject by artistic director Brian Kulick. Would that they had provided a worthy production of Christopher Marlowe’s seminal “Doctor Faustus” about an actual showman around whom a myth grew that he must have […]