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Off-Broadway Review: “The View UpStairs” at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project

“Forty years ago this place was a fabulously tacky gay bar with a life-sized cardboard cutout of nude Burt Reynolds hanging from the ceiling. It was a church. There was live music and dancing, hustlers, drag queens, even a mother who came with her son. It was a community of people who were funny, and brave, and full of life.”…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Sundown, Yellow Moon” at the McGinn/Cazale (WP Theater)

At sundown, when objects lose their precise “black-and-white” identity, the yellow moon begins to assume the role of providing “light.” Moonlight is far more forgiving than sunlight – it is the light of all things Eastern, leaving the bright Western light to its own devices of conditional judgement. It is the salvific murkiness of the yellow moon that draws fraternal…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Nibbler” at the Amoralists and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

“I’m trying, Tara, but some days… it’s not easy being the one left behind. And the last few years, it feels like everything’s going to shit in this country.” – Adam At the beginning of Ken Urban’s “Nibbler,” the world premiere joint production of the Amoralists and Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre currently running at Rattlestick, Adam (James Kautz) and Tara (Rachel…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Orange Julius” Rattles Reality at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

February 4, 2017 | LGBT, Off-Broadway > | Tags:

“An Orange Julius. That’s what I want.” – Julius Basil Kreimendahl’s “Orange Julius” is a memory play. Narrated by Nut (Jess Barbagallo), the play defies space and time to tell the complex story of the narrator’s relationship with their estranged father Julius (Stephen Payne) a Vietnam War Veteran dying from cancer caused by exposure on the battlefield to the herbicide…

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Off-Broadway Review: “LaBute New Theater Festival” at 59E59 Theaters

January 31, 2017 | LGBT, Off-Broadway > | Tags:

If a single observation applies to the four plays in the 2017 “LaBute New Theater Festival” it is, there is nothing new here, nothing thought-provoking, nothing that raises rich enduring questions. And that is unfortunate given the status of the playwrights and the actors involved in this important Festival. Kel Haney directs Neil LaBute’s “What Happens in Vegas” with efficiency….

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Off Off-Broadway Review: AdA: Author Directing Author at La Mama Ellen Stewart Theatre

January 30, 2017 | LGBT, Off-Off-Broadway > | Tags:

Neil LaBute has teamed up with Marco Calvani and Marta Buchaca to present three plays that are “surprising takes on the idea of ‘power dynamics.’” He believes the plays “make for a fun and thought-provoking evening of theater.” Certainly power – its use and misuse – is a relevant topic for this third installment of Author Directing Author given the…

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Off-Broadway News: MCC Theater Launches Casting Search for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Artists for Upcoming NYC Premiere of the Play “Charm”

December 21, 2016 | LGBT, News, Off-Broadway > | Tags:

MCC Theater (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) announces today a casting search for transgender and gender non-conforming performers as it prepares for the newly announced first show of its 2017-18 Season: the NYC premiere of Charm, a play by Chicago-based, Jefferson Award-winning playwright Philip Dawkins to be directed by Helen Hayes Award winner…

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News: The National Alliance for Musical Theatre 28th Annual Festival of New Musicals at New World Stages

October 29, 2016 | Broadway, LGBT, News, Off-Broadway > | Tags:

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) has been hard at work since 1989 introducing writers and their new musicals to significant theatre industry leaders. Now in its 28th year, NAMT attracts theatre producers from around the world for this industry-only event to discover eight new musicals presented in 45-minute concert presentations over two days. All production costs are underwritten…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Missed Connections: A Craigslist Musical” Connects at the New Ohio Theatre

September 16, 2016 | LGBT, Off-Broadway > | Tags: ,

“Missed Connections: A Craigslist Musical” is being presented at the New Ohio Theatre after successful runs throughout Canada. It is a musical cantata with lyrics taken or derived from actual ads placed on Craigslist. That indeed ensures a variety of interesting and bizarre subject matter that is approached throughout the ninety-minute production. It is sung through as a rapid succession…

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