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Dystopia Spiked With Wit

Dystopia Spiked With Wit

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Politics and silliness are supposed to be enemies. In fact, the way the alt-right rose by its hiding its true hatefulness beneath a veneer of irony and politically incorrect humor has soured some people on the whole idea of comedy. Boots Riley’s “Sorry To Bother You” reminds us that satire can bring […]

Not So Black & White

Not So Black & White

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Well timed for Black History Month, “Smart People” is the latest play by Lydia R. Diamond (“Stick Fly”) to explore the politics of race. Set against the backdrop of Barack Obama’s historic presidential election in 2008, this barbed comedy of manners features four exceedingly brainy characters from a range of racial […]

Tony’s a Winner  

Tony’s a Winner  

BY DAVID NOH | Broadway’s “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” was largely a glitzy piece of utterly commercial jukebox fluff, but when Tony Sheldon appeared as Bernadette, the veteran drag queen on a very personal mission, the theater’s temperature changed. For here was the real thing, a brilliant actor, fully possessed of an innate gravitas […]