In a Lonely Street

Midway between the epic Indian-hating of "The Searchers" (1956) and the baroque half-breed caricature of "Nevada Smith" (1966) there appeared, from Hollywood's margins, a movie about Indians - real American Indians, not bronzed whites - unlike any before it, and comparable to very few since. Comment
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Candid Girls of Summer

Versatile Veanne Cox personifies the kind of New York actress who is always working, on or Off-Broadway, and never disappoints. She's playing Sister in the Encores! presentation of "Damn Yankees" (through July 27; 212-581-1212 ) and told me, "Sister is a family friend - I come on and say something funny and leave and that happens about four times during the show so all I have to do is have fun. I do a reprise of a song with some children where you get to hear my own voice, which bounces off the back walls with very little subtlety there. I think I was meant to live in another era where you couldn't be on Broadway if you didn't have one of those big old voices which needed no amplification." Comments (1)

Rocky Road

It's a very good thing that Neil LaBute's "reasons to be pretty" has scheduled a Broadway transfer because this play is, quite simply, one of the best new works in New York right now. LaBute, who has chronicled the testosterone-charged, maladaptive, and downright hostile behavior of men in relationship to women, has written a beautifully mature and complex play that kept me on the edge of my seat and my heart racing. Comment

Ms. Green Sings the Blues

By day, Ryan Green sits behind that queer spacepod of an elevated desk just inside the front door of the LGBT Community Center on West 13th Street. There he oversees a staff who welcome more than 5,000 Center users each week, a responsibility that includes the Herculean task of keeping the place safe for everyone. That might mean smoothing ruffled feathers, calming frayed nerves, talking down a drama queen, setting some limits, and occasionally even calling an ambulance. Comment

Bloody Moon over Thebes

You know you're in trouble when you get mooned by the star before anything else happens in the National Theatre of Scotland's production of Euripides' "The Bacchae." John Tiffany - who gave us the much-lauded "Black Watch" last year - directs a new version written by David Grieg that opens the Lincoln Center Festival 08. Comment

Keep Your Ears Open

The word "diva" has become overused and abused and the homosexuals - yes, that means you Missy! - are partially to blame. Rightfully bestowed in its original usage to honor such immortals as Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, and even Anna Netrebko of late, it also has often been applied to any popular, prominent female performer. The title is appropriate to such undeniably fierce female pop stars as Aretha Franklin but becomes meaningless when bestowed on pop tarts who have passed their sell-by date. Comment

A Little Nothing For Everybody

If making documentaries about the Iraq War could end it, it would have been over a long time ago. And if writing think pieces about Americans' apathy toward films about that war could encourage spectators to go see them, Nick Broomfield's "Battle for Haditha" would have played for several months at Film Forum, rather than two weeks, and Kimberly Peirce's "Stop-Loss," produced by MTV Films, would have attracted crowds of screaming teenagers. Comment

Boy Trouble

Despite being somewhat disjointed and incongruous in its approach, the Public Theater's production of "Hamlet" in Central Park nonetheless proved a satisfying evening. While I would quibble with some of the choices made by director Oskar Eustis, he gets high marks for the clarity of the storytelling and the absolute attention to language and diction that keep this production clear and always comprehensible. Comment

Old Standards in Concert

June is generally New York's lightest month for classical music -- certainly for staged opera. Two enjoyable concert stagings of popular favorites enlivened the past few weeks. Comment

Grand Prospects

|The enterprising Peter Gelb decided to jazz up the Metropolitan Opera in the Parks series this summer by substituting a celebrity duo concert for the full-length operas in concert they usually present. Comment

Sarcasm Eases the Shocks

Brent Gorski stars as the title character in "Holding Trevor," a fine romantic comedy-drama he penned about a trio of gay and gay-friendly 20-somethings searching for love and the meaning of life. Comment

No Dutch Treat

Part of this year's "New Directors/New Films" series, co-presented by MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, "La France" is undoubtedly the best gender-bending World War I musical you'll ever see. Impossible to classify, it's a war movie with a love story that only flowers in its beginning and then in its closing moments. It's far more fully realized than the kind of promising but not quite accomplished film "New Directors/New Films" often showcases. Comment


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