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Sadistic Brilliance Cut Down Young

Sadistic Brilliance Cut Down Young

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Director Stephen Frears’ film “Prick Up Your Ears” — that last word an anagram for “arse” — is getting a 30th anniversary re-release in a restored edition. The weeklong run provides a rare opportunity to see this biopic of the late gay playwright Joe Orton on the big screen. The film […]

Style Is Substance

Style Is Substance

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Anger, even rage, is at the heart of some comedy, and few playwrights create work that embodies that mixture better than did Joe Orton, the British bad boy who died brutally at his lover’s hand at age 34. His rages against authority — notably the law and the Catholic Church — are […]