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Tribeca’s Rich Offering of Queer Cinema

Tribeca’s Rich Offering of Queer Cinema

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The Tribeca Film Festival, unspooling at half a dozen Lower Manhattan venues April 18-29, features several LGBTQ films and filmmakers. While not every queer-focused title was available for preview, a handful of features, documentaries, shorts, and special programs were. One of the highlights of this year’s fest is the world premiere […]

A Heartbreaking Comedy of Hope

A Heartbreaking Comedy of Hope

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | If you have seen “Angels in America” in any of its previous incarnations — the original 1993 Broadway production, the fine 2003 HBO film, many regional productions, or the 2010 Signature revival, you may understandably wonder whether you should see it again, invest another eight hours of your life in Tony Kushner’s […]

Still Searching for the “Angels”

Still Searching for the “Angels”

ELI JACOBSON | Tony Kushner completed his two part opus “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” in the early 1990s as a visceral response to critical issues that dominated the previous decade — the rise of Ronald Reagan, the emergence of AIDS, New Yorkers’ response to the crisis, and the culture wars […]

Torn from the Headlines

Torn from the Headlines

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | As I watched events unfold on Election Night, among my many concerns was how the results would affect the Gabriel family. In talking with friends and fans of Richard Nelson’s trilogy, “The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family,” I realized I was not alone. Nelson’s artistry is such […]

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” […]

Long Night’s Journey into Death

Long Night’s Journey into Death

BY ANDY HUMM | “The Iceman Cometh” starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy in top form along with a flawless ensemble is first and foremost as good and true a rendering of Eugene O’Neill’s epic drama of alcoholism and despair as we are likely to see. The creative team from the Goodman Theatre in Chicago led […]

Cruel Summer

Cruel Summer

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Only the brilliant Terrence McNally can get away with setting a play in the gay wonderland of the Fire Island Pines and populate it solely with straight characters. When “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” a quirky drama about two miserable married couples (a recurring motif this New York theater season) celebrating July 4th weekend […]

Inside the Play, Inside the Mind

Inside the Play, Inside the Mind

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | In “The Country House,” Donald Margulies is so busy knocking off Chekhov, Edna Ferber, and George S. Kaufman that he hasn’t bothered to write much of a play. With echoes of “The Seagull,” “Uncle Vanya,” and “The Royal Family,” this is a tale of actors offstage, but unlike those purloined and […]

Broadway Baby

Broadway Baby

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | You don’t have to be a musical theater geek to be charmed by “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” the hilarious and heart-wrenching documentary by Chiemi Karasawa. The film, which opens this Friday at the IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza, was shot during the last couple of years that Elaine lived in New York, […]

Show Your Pride

Show Your Pride

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | You’re in New York to celebrate Pride –– or you have friends visiting for Pride –– and you want to see a show. Obviously, I support that. But if you haven’t planned ahead, getting tickets can be a challenge, particularly for the most popular shows. We couldn’t find tickets for “Matilda” […]

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