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A Revival of M Butterfly Revives the Gender Question

  Butterfly by David Henry Hwang At the Cort Theatre, New York City   THE BROADWAY revival of David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly comes at a propitious moment: the Imperialist American project is once again ripe for re-examination. Issues of gender and assumed male sexual privilege are headline news, and misapprehensions about race shake the […]

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Robert Giard: Portrait of a Photographer

What Bob giard gave us was a wide-angle view of our literary community, manifesting our class, ethnic, and generational variety in his portraits.

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A Play about a 1907 Play

Indecent is at once a compressed history of a daring Yiddish play, God of Vengeance, written by the Polish novelist Sholem Asch in 1907, and a celebration of the stagecraft that makes theater distinct from film.

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The Perils of Polyamory

Afterglow, based in part on S. Asher Gelman’s own experience with an extra-marital relationship, shows that he can write strong individual scenes for his actors that have the ring of truth.

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Return to God of Vengeance, a Lesbian Drama of 1907

  Indecent A play by Paula Vogel Directed by Rebecca Taichman Cort Theatre, NYC   PAULA VOGEL, the Pulitzer-prize winning dramatist of How I Learned to Drive, has again collaborated with director Rebecca Taichman in Indecent. Taichman, who just won the 2017 Tony for best direction of a play, is billed as “co-creator” of Indecent, having […]

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The Perils of Polyamory

Afterglow is based in part on S. Asher Gelman’s own experience with an extra-marital relationship, shows that he can write strong individual scenes for his actors that have the ring of truth.

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Those Liberation Blues

In keeping with its name, Gently Down the Stream proceeds at a leisurely pace, but Gabriel Ebert’s hyperactive Rufus keeps the emotional narrative percolating.

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Those Liberation Blues

In keeping with its name, Gently Down the Stream proceeds at a leisurely pace, but Gabriel Ebert’s hyperactive Rufus keeps the emotional narrative percolating. In the latter third of the play, the arrival of Harry as an unguarded, naïve artist seems to bring us right up to the present. But …

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Can Falsettos Still Be Relevant?

WILLIAM FINN’S Falsettos, the AIDS-era musical now revived on Broadway, may be viewed by some as an odd period piece, by others as an operatic pastiche, a manipulative emotion-fest, or a stirring work of historical reconstruction. What may determine your response to the play—which shifts from 1979 to 1981 between two acts—is your willingness to believe in the musical comedy as a vehicle able to convey emotional truth rather than just cheap sentiment.

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Falsettos Returns to the New York Stage

WILLIAM FINN’S FALSETTOS, the AIDS-era musical now revived on Broadway, may be viewed by some as an odd period piece, by others as an operatic pastiche, a manipulative emotion-fest, or a stirring work of historical reconstruction. What may determine your response to the play—which shifts from 1979 to 1981 between two acts—is your willingness to […]

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