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Music and Art

Music and Art

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Stripping down Sondheim is a trend this season, and theater is much better for it. On the heels of the artfully shaved “Sweeney Todd,” still packing the diminutive house at the Barrow Street Theatre, comes CSC’s comparably pared down mounting of “Pacific Overtures.” In both cases, the reductions serve the pieces […]

Orville Mendoza Is Magnificent

Orville Mendoza Is Magnificent

BY DAVID NOH |  Forget all the hype about that certain former bathhouse diva turned megastar now returning in a warhorse vehicle to tumultuous ovations and lotsa ka-ching, the best show opening this spring is another revival — of Stephen Sondheim’s “Pacific Overtures,” presented by CSC and brilliantly directed by John Doyle. The slightly insane […]

Bucking One’s Fate

Bucking One’s Fate

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | For all its inherent, and inescapable, ebullience, the classic musical “Sweet Charity” has never been so nuanced and moving as in the stunning, stripped-down production now at The New Group. The story of a taxi dancer looking for love, constantly disappointed, and yet clinging relentlessly to her romantic ideals has usually been […]

Your Pride Shows

Your Pride Shows

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Welcome to Gay City News’ sixth annual round-up of what’s on, what you should see, and how you can get in if you hope to make a trip to the theater part of your Pride celebration — but you haven’t planned ahead. The good news is that for last-minute theatergoers, there are […]

Songs of the Heart

Songs of the Heart

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | At its heart, “The Color Purple” is about the sustaining and healing power of love. So powerful is that message in the glorious new revival on Broadway that at the end of the performance I saw, the strangers next to us and in front of us introduced themselves and engaged us […]

Dishes Served Hot And Cold  

Dishes Served Hot And Cold  

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Magic in the theater isn’t always made by a soaring Peter Pan or a falling chandelier. It can also happen when audiences experience how illuminating darkness can be, when the spectacle is created not by stage mechanics but through human machinations. Such is the power of “The Visit,” the fascinating and thrilling […]

Swimming Upstream

Swimming Upstream

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | “Allegro” is neither an easy nor necessarily crowd-pleasing show. First written in 1947, it was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s attempt to reflect tribulations of the common man in a world changing quickly. Its moralistic and sometimes overbearing politics argue for fulfilling the soul rather than pursuing riches. Its score, though boasting some […]

A Fine Romance

A Fine Romance

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The intimacy of the theater at CSC is a surprising and powerful setting for the outsized emotions of Stephen Sondheim’s “Passion,” now getting a glorious staging under the direction of John Doyle. Performed on a largely bare stage, Doyle’s focus is the interaction between the characters and the various forms that love […]