Going into 2013, then-New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was the odds-on favorite to become the first woman and out gay mayor of New York. But in an election in which "change" became a mantra, support from LGBT leaders couldn't overcome her close identification with outgoing Mayor Michael ... More >>
I'm basically bowing and scraping before your fabulous feet and saying "I'm so sorry". And why am I apologizing? Because I'm old! I've been around. I've seen revivals upon revivals upon revivals of the shows you're currently reviving. In fact, I even saw the originals! So I'm always writing stu ... More >>
A well made play by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, adapted from Henry James' 1880 novel Washington Square, The Heiress is back in a sturdy if not revelatory production. The play was last on Broadway in 1995, in a stunning revival starring Cherry Jones as Catherine Sloper, the shy plain Jane who's awakene ... More >>
The National Enquirer just ran a story saying that Jessica Lange had become more than friends with her American Horror Story costar Sarah Paulson, the latter being an open lesbian who had a relationship with actress Cherry Jones. Lange's people promptly pooh-poohed it. And I tend to think they're ... More >>
As you know, Tennessee Williams' culture-clash classic A Streecar Named Desire is coming to Broadway any moment now, featuring a cast of color. Well, at a Drama Desk panel discussion at Sardi's the other day, Blair Underwood--who's playing the old Brando role, the brutish Stanley Kowalski--said he' ... More >>
The trailer for Mel Gibson's comeback film The Beaver, in which he's a disturbed man who lets a beaver hand puppet speak for him, is a masterpiece of unintentional guffaws for those with really cheap and obvious minds. So here goes: As Mel's son pulls out a biological representation of a ce ... More >>
The class menagerie on Broadway
Liza! The gayest night since Stonewall! Some plays are already dead.
Supposedly there will be a movie made of the Broadway show Memphis, and I bet they don't use the stage cast. They hardly ever do! And I wish they would! Remember when they made a movie of Doubt two years ago and Cherry Jones didn't get the part?
(But only adoption.)
Actress Cherry Jones -- Tony-winner, and the President on 24 -- told the crowd at a recent Women for Bloomberg rally at the Hammerstein Ballroom that "Mayor Bloomberg deserves not only to be reelected mayor of New York City, he deserves an astounding mandate, because the mayor, and those who ... More >>
I've spent so much energy all these years railing at celebrities who cower in the closet that it's important I take a step back once in a while and throw some bouquets at the ones who actually opened the door and did us proud. So thank you, out celebs!
What follows is an exchange sparked by a Tuesday Sound of the City post about Digging in the Dirt: The Life and Death of ODB. Jarred Weisfeld, Ol' Dirty Bastard's manager at the time of his death, took issue with the way he'd been described. He wanted an explanation, and a chance to publicly defend ... More >>
At 81, Alvin Epstein's trying something classic and new
The talking cure, Irish style: Is its hour up?
From Shanley's Doubt to Guirgis's Judas Iscariot, the Catholic Church undergoes intense theatrical scrutiny
Just another urban legend: The final interview with Ol' Dirty Bastard
We know what they did last summer: Paid vacation makes for surprisingly snazzy sequel
Shanley's Doubt builds suspense out of the best material available: Fair-mindedness
In the midst of global dimming, the theater could offer a few bright spots
Two Clans Dis Function; Two Directors Make It Work