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Show Your Pride

Show Your Pride

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | If you’re planning on making a trip to the theater part of your Pride celebration, read this (skimming is okay — if it’s absolutely necessary): Gay City News’ annual round-up of what you should see, what you can see, and how. The good news is that, for the most part, if you want […]

Songs of Myself

Songs of Myself

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | “Dear Evan Hansen” is the story of a boy whose lie spins out of control, explodes across social media, and takes on a life of its own, at which point truth becomes irrelevant. If there were ever a musical for our time awash in so-called fake news, this is it. Even more […]

Next To Moral

Next To Moral

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | “I cried my makeup off!” one young woman squealed as she joined her blubbering friends after seeing “Dear Evan Hansen,” the heart-piercing, soul-stirring new musical about a socially awkward, depressive high school boy desperate to fit in. Not that you can blame them, for the work is cut from the same […]

Raves All Around

Raves All Around

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The images created on stage by director Ivo van Hove are the kind that stay with — and haunt — you pretty much forever. More than a decade ago, he staged Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” at New York Theatre Workshop, and I can still see her with a staple gun violently attaching […]

Trips and Falls

Trips and Falls

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Longing permeates the plays of Horton Foote. Whether his characters are pining for a parent, a connection, or, in the case of “The Trip to Bountiful,” a lost home, Foote’s ability to dramatize the inescapably human, existential unease we all feel is his unique gift. He sets his plays in and around […]