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Off-Broadway Review: “The Body Politic” at the New York Musical Festival at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater

“The Body Politic,” currently running at the New York Musical Festival at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater chronicles the journey of Iphis (Samy El-Noury) a transgender young man from Kabul who emigrates to Chapel Hill, North Carolina at the height of the Afghan War. This new life is offered by Chris, an American Aid Worker, and Iphis leaves his mother…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Miss Blanche Tells It All” at the New York Musical Festival at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater

“These parting words, she left behind/These parting words she left behind/And I put them in your hands now/These parting words she left behind.” – The Nun Lee (Brian Charles Rooney) is the twenty-something female impersonator who graces the small stage at the Golden Lantern, an old bar – a joint – in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The small…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Errol and Fidel” at the New York Musical Festival at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater

“Errol and Fidel,” part of the New York Musical Festival 2017, retells the story of Errol Flynn’s (played with just the right Hollywood bravado by Jonathan Stewart) visit to Havana in 1958 during the shooting of his self-produced B film “Cuban Rebel Girls” where he met Fidel Castro (played with rich revolutionary ruggedness and charm by George Psomas). Flynn is…

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Off-Broadway Review: “The Crusade of Connor Stephens” at the Jerry Orbach Theater

After a successful run at the 2016 Midtown International Theater Festival, “The Crusade of Connor Stephens” moves to the Off-Broadway stage at the Jerry Orbach Theater. There have been changes in this revival – not all of them necessary – but the heart of the play remains intact. Big Jim’s (James Kiberd) Baptist Mega-Church is expanding. More space is need…

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Off-Broadway Review: “In the Shadow of a Dream” at the Midtown International Theatre Festival at WorkShop Theater’s Main Stage

Joey Miller’s (Nick Ryan) dream in college in 1985 is to play professional basketball after graduating. Ideally – like his favorite player Larry Bird – he would play for his favorite team the Boston Celtics. Although he could imitate Bird’s moves on the court, his 5’9” stature prevents him from reaching his dream. But it is not only his height…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Normativity” at the New York Musical Festival at the Pearl Theatre Company

“It’s not always the way it is in plays. Not all faggots bump themselves off at the end of the story!” –                                                          Michael in “The Boys in the Band” by Mart Crowley (1968) It must be said that it is refreshing to find a young, talented member of the LGBTQ community using their voice to bring awareness to a valid…

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Off-Broadway Review: “The Crusade of Connor Stephens” Searches the Soul at the Midtown International Theatre Festival at WorkShop Theater’s Main Stage Theater

Big Jim’s (James Kiberd) Baptist Mega-Church is expanding. More space is need for its growing congregation. That conservative congregation also seems to need a television studio and a gym with a basketball court for outreach and youth ministries. One of the church’s young recruits is Connor Stephens the teenager the church “took in and helped him and his mama get…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Indecent” Challenges the Power of Death at the Vineyard Theatre

May 23, 2016 | LGBT, Off-Broadway > | Tags: ,

Created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, “Indecent” could not have opened at the Vineyard Theatre at a more auspicious time. In the midst of an increasingly frenzied discussion about what is and what is not decent in contemporary American society and culture, this remarkable and stunning play – based on true events surrounding the 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem…

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“Death of the Persian Prince” at the Midtown International Theatre Festival at the Davenport Black Box Theater (Closed on Sunday July 26, 2015)

“Communism, like General Motors, is people.” The above is an important reminder shared by a psychology professor to this reviewer many years ago. A reminder that people should always be more important than politics or social, political, and economic ideologies. Unfortunately, that truth seems difficult for humankind to grasp or achieve globally. After the Holocaust, humanity vowed to never let…

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Simon Callow in “Tuesday’s at Tesco’s” at 59E59 Theaters (Closed Sunday June 7, 2015)

May 20, 2015 | LGBT, Off-Broadway > | Tags: ,

“Tuesdays that’s that. I spend the day there doing this and that dusting and all sorts. I shake out the tablecloth. I change the sheets. I empty the bin.” Pauline in “Tuesdays at Tesco’s” The only thing that interrupts the samsara of Pauline’s (Simon Callow) hum-drum life is the string of dream ballets that spontaneously burst forth from the piano…

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