Last night at the Cutting Room, Cynthia Nixon and Alan Cumming hosted a rousing event for mayoral wannabe Bill de Blasio, whose liberal stance and "We want our city back!" slogan have become pretty irresistible in the face of our Mary Poppins state. In fact, I appeared in a skit with Unitard's Nora ... More >>
At the opening night of Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance--with Nathan Lane as a gay Republican who does swishy stage acts in 1937--Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family fame happened to sit next to me. (Lucky him.) So I nanced him up for this week's column. You'll see what Jesse had to say about th ... More >>
Dina Nayeri & Julia Fierro Book Court Tonight, 7pm, Free When one considers radical literature, old issues of Life magazine with Molly Ringwald and Barbara Streisand on the cover might not immediately come to mind. But for the 11-year-old twin sisters who are the protagonists of Dina Nayeri's new no ... More >>
Once again, feel-good battles artsinessfor the Antoinettes
This week's column is a breathless triumph that sums up the Broadway season by interviewing various notables at a Tony nominees meet-and-greet where they grabbed at plaques and press ops. You'll learn: *What Gladys Knight has to do with the upcoming reimagining of Jekyll & Hyde *What Bonnie & Cly ... 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 >>
MTC gives the Pulitzer-winning play its Broadway premiere
Margaret Edson's Pulitzer-winning 1995 play Wit finally makes it to Broadway in a Lynne Meadow-directed production starring Cynthia Nixon as a poetry professor named Vivian Bearing who's bearing a lot, actually. Vivian has been diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer, and as she embarks on eight ro ... More >>
On Howard Stern's show, mouthy comic Sandra Bernhard admitted that she turned down the role of Miranda on Sex and the City. Batshit crazy? No, hold on people, hear out her reasons. For one thing, she says, the script was absolutely horrible.
I didn't choose it, though I do remember a pubescent period where I felt it could probably have gone either way. But after gamely trying to get turned on by photos of women (even women who looked a bit like guys), I realized I could just as easily pretend to be the Queen of Roumania. I was defini ... More >>
So Cynthia Nixon will be coming back to Broadway this season in a revival of the Pulitzer winning Wit, about a woman sardonically dealing with the depersonalization of cancer treatments. Well, guess who she could very well be competing with for the Tony?
We usually ignore Law & Order: Criminal Intent because it's the creepy Vincent D'Onofrio Law & Order that got banished to USA Network, but their Sunday episode just sounds too good to resist. In one of the franchise's standard "ripped from the headlines" plots the detectives investigate a cas ... More >>
Aging disgracefully, the franchise struggles to stay forever young
Law & Order ends its 20-year run tonight. Throughout the show's long reign, phalanxes of honorable detectives have cleaned the New York streets of crime and debris while throwing out witty one-liners and re-enacting plotlines ripped from real-life headlines. Grabbing a cameo on the show has a ... More >>
Jose Peralta's campaign ad for the special Queens election to replace Hiram Monserrate (who's also running) is out, and if Monserrate is counting on anti-gay support to bring him to victory, it seems Peralta is counting on anti-Monserrate support to win it for him: The ad starts with footage of Mo ... More >>
An ice queen and an English dandy at BAM
That bombshell is in the column this week, and I hope you'll read it even though the President turns out to be Abe fucking Lincoln! CLICK HERE and you'll also learn about:
New Yorkers can do a lot of things other people can't: ride the Staten Island Ferry at midnight, have lunch in Central Park, etc. But we can't buy a damn bottle of wine at the grocery store. This year we had a chance to change it -- but the state's liquor stores and their lobbyists blocked it ... More >>
Some guy's leg and foot on the subway, via twitpic. We love Mary Louise Parker as much as anybody, maybe more, but find it hard to credit her claim that she was "goaded" into a nude scene in an (upcoming!) episode of Weeds and is "bitter" about it. She's, like, naked in everything. Here is a practic ... More >>
Quentin Crisp was the frilly British poufter who ceaselessly spouted aphorisms, his wit hiding the fact that he had come of age through oppression and abuse in puritanical England. In the '70s, he came to New York to do a live show and stayed, showering us with his wisdoms, hats, and weird viewpoi ... More >>
Lisa Loomer's new play, Distracted, is about dealing with a hyper kid in a world that itself seems to be on stimulants. On opening night, everything conspired to prove her point. Francesca Mari reports. People push into the Laura Pels Theatre for the opening of Distracted like passengers boarding ... More >>
Cynthia Nixon has your ADD prescription
You read it here first! You'll be all chirpy and happy!
Estrogen at the New York Women in Film & Television Muse awards; nights in drag with Murray Hill
Gambling on being satisfied by ham on wry; finding sex outside of the city.
A review of the Broadway season's best leg-breaking, plus some arm-twisting
Despite the labels and levity, the big-screen SATC is a poor-man's knockoff
The picks of the litter. In other business: Travolta's not exactly Divine, is he?
Plus: Getting a message or two from Rufus and a ride-along with Andrew
Find the theater dull lately? A lot of theater-makers seem to want it that way.
Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire's world reveals an unexpected alternate universe inside
Robert Altman and Cynthia Nixon talk about Tanner
Poor little TV rich girl reveals life ain't no cheery cartoon