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Tennessee’s More Challenging Terrain

Tennessee’s More Challenging Terrain

BY TRAV S.D. | Austin Pendleton is a man of many reputations: renowned actor of stage and screen, theater director, teacher, and artistic director of the now-defunct Circle Repertory Company. His current project is a revival of Tennessee Williams’ late work “The Two-Character Play,” produced by Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company. The collaboration may be fortuitous. […]

Angelica Page’s Tribute to Mom

Angelica Page’s Tribute to Mom

BY DAVID NOH | There was a time when Geraldine Page, who dazzled in defining works by Tennessee Williams like “Summer and Smoke” and “Sweet Bird of Youth” and went on to movie greatness in “Interiors” and her Oscar-winning “A Trip to Bountiful,” was considered the most exciting actress in America, but today, she, like her […]

Fifty Years After Gays Demanded a Drink, Landmark Status Sought

Fifty Years After Gays Demanded a Drink, Landmark Status Sought

BY ANDY HUMM | The push is on to make Julius’ bar in Greenwich Village the second New York City building landmarked because of its unique role in LGBT history — as the scene of a pre-Stonewall civil disobedience action that won gay people the right to be served in public establishments. The Stonewall Inn, […]

Mad About the Boys  

Mad About the Boys  

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | You know what you are Michael? You’re a real person.” “Thank you and fuck you.” So Donald and Michael breezily banter early on in “The Boys in the Band,” Mart Crowley’s hilarious, tumultuous, and fascinatingly seminal play about a gaggle of gay men at a birthday party and the “Is he gay […]

The Women of Tennessee

The Women of Tennessee

BY DAVID NOH |  God knows how many books have been written about Tennessee Williams, most of them not very good. However, James Grissom’s “Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog” honors the playwright beautifully. A great work, it is undoubtedly my favorite Williams tome yet. The book has yet to […]

I Am a Wedding (In Camera)

I Am a Wedding (In Camera)

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | On February 25 at 11:30 a.m., after 43 years of intimate cohabitation, Bill Reed and I were married at Beverly Hills City Hall. Judge Marjorie Harris, a polished, poised, and delightful woman who has married a number of same-sex couples since Proposition 8 was overturned in 2013, presided. Since marriage is a […]

2013 Aggie Awards Warm Up Winter

2013 Aggie Awards Warm Up Winter

BY DAVID NOH | We honor Agnes Moorehead annually with awards in her name for the best live performances of the year because there was no actress more versatile than she. Recent viewings of two of her films confirmed this for me once again — unnecessary as that was. In the classic, essential women’s jail drama […]

Dimly Lit But No Less Powerful

Dimly Lit But No Less Powerful

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Memory is a particular affliction of the human species. It shapes our present, drives us, unsettles us, even haunts us. Memory is the subject of Tennessee Williams’ classic play “The Glass Menagerie,” which has never been so powerfully or poetically examined as in the spellbinding, ravishing revival now on Broadway. Under the […]

Solid ‘Roof’

Solid ‘Roof’

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is one of the most frequently staged plays on Broadway. While no one disputes that Tennessee Williams’ 1955 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about familial infighting on a gracious Mississippi Delta estate is a masterwork, more than a few eyebrows were raised when yet another revival emerged, […]