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Charles Busch’s Big, Beautiful Dare

Charles Busch’s Big, Beautiful Dare

BY DAVID NOH  | Unbelievable as it seems, genius campmeister Charles Busch has never tackled pre-Code women’s pictures, namely those soaked-hankie epics of beleaguered mother love like “Madame X,” “Blonde Venus,” or “Frisco Jenny.” Consider that genre now officially done, to a side-splitting fare-thee-well, for “The Confession of Lily Dare” is Busch in peak form, both […]

Lavender Menace

Lavender Menace

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Most everybody knows about the Red Scare in the early 1950s. But the Lavender Scare? That’s when Senator Joseph McCarthy, who led the charge to root out those in government and elsewhere suspected of anti-American sympathies, expanded his sights beyond Communists to include homosexuals and other sexual non-conformists. These so-called perverts or […]

Comings and Goings

Comings and Goings

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | If Gilbert and Sullivan had teamed up with Kaufman and Hart, the result might be something like “The Explorers Club,” a silly, sprightly, and ultimately endearing comedy by Nell Benjamin set in a London gentleman’s club in 1879. The club is devoted to science, and the members, in stereotypically buffoonish Victorian fashion, […]