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Magic Michael

Magic Michael

BY DAVID NOH | I’ll start with a confession, and some of you may relate: I was hesitant to interview Michael Urie. He’s so very talented, smart, funny, and handsome that I thought — in a very special and gay insecure way — “He’s got to be a bitch.” What a pleasure, then, to report that […]

Stops and Starts  

Stops and Starts  

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The revival of “Fully Committed,” now on Broadway, is being pitched in a very disturbing TV commercial, where the show’s star — and sole cast member — highly paid TV actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson shares how onerous it is to appear on Broadway. He notes the time commitment demanded as well as […]

Blindness and Insight

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away — America in the 1950’s — “homosexuality” was “the unspeakable.” Oh sure, everyone “gossiped” about “who was” and “who wasn’t,” but such talk wasn’t considered part of “polite conversation.” Only a decade or two before, Djuna Barnes’ Sapphic cri de coeur “Nightwood” […]

Sounds and Sweet Airs

Sounds and Sweet Airs

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | “The Tempest” is a difficult play, to say the least. A great grab bag of Shakespeare’s recurring themes, it encompasses the argument between the natural and the supernatural, revenge, romance, and –– plotted, if not realized –– regicide. As plays go, it’s really kind of a mess. The plot is thin and […]

Laughing at the Right and Wrong Moments

Laughing at the Right and Wrong Moments

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | A director has two choices when casting a man in a female role –– either play it straight and create a realistic character and a commentary on conventional gender roles or go for camp and hilarity. Dan Wackerman, in directing the Peccadillo Theater Company’s revival of the 1926 play “The Silver Cord,” […]