Writing a good blurb is an art form unto itself, one I've been working at for years as I crank out quote lines for plays, movies, and books, always aiming to be zingy yet entirely accurate. But one year, I found that every blurb I wrote seemed to have "romp" in it. ("A lovely retro romp"; "a no- ... More >>
Willard Beckham's country musical shops secondhand
Willard Beckham's off-Broadway musical Lucky Guy is set in a time before country music got all sexy and accessible--back when it it was about big hair, deep-fried twangs, and overemphatic two-stepping. I.e., it's pre-Shania Twain. But the biz was apparently just as cutthroat as now because ... More >>
Varla Jean Merman is a lucky guy -- I mean Varla Jean Merman is starring in Lucky Guy. It's an old-style camp musical with Varla and Leslie Jordan (above), dealing with people who put the trash back in Nashville dreams. Varla, by the way, is the drag character of Jeffrey Roberson, who kin ... More >>
Leslie JordanHollywood studios regularly whore themselves out for Oscars, but the serious honors will go to actual prostitutes when The International Hookies are given away on March 18 at Roseland. I imagine there'll be trophies for Best Hourly Rate, Least Expensive Triple Penetration on a D ... More >>
Pixieish Leslie Jordan (who was Beverly Leslie on Will & Grace) has a one-man off-Broadway show in which he talks about the horror of doing a sake commercial with Boy George in the Mojave desert. Jordan says he was outfitted with all kinds of suffocating prosthetics, lenses, and wigs in orde ... More >>
Let's talk some more about Leslie Jordan's fun one-man show, My Trip Down The Pink Carpet, at the Midtown Theater. The pint-sized pixie talks about growing up as an effeminate southern child and yet wanting to vomit every time effeminate, southern Truman Capote popped up on the TV screen and ... More >>
Fun with assisted suicide. Plus: Puffy Combs on the craft of acting?
If Lily Tomlin's beloved characters aged at all, Edith Ann, the precocious 5-year-old, might just fit in that oversize rocking chair. Though Tomlin's personifications haven't changed, the world they live in certainly has in the four decades she's been performing. This Saturday, April 17, the ... More >>
CLICK HERE for my new column in which Leslie Jordan, the Emmy winner who played Karen's prissy antagonist Beverly Leslie on W & G, tells me what to expect from his autobiographical theater piece. Leslie admits that he can't love in a healthy, grown-up way, so instead he has high-school-like ... More >>
An undergraduate was killed during the making of a student film for NYU's highly-esteemed and well-regarded film program. What could've been done to prevent it? Why isn't anyone talking about it? And just how dodgy has NYU been over this? Village Voice staff writer Steven Thrasher investigate ... More >>
Chattering with Emmy winner Leslie Jordan, plus sounding off on Broadway.
Direct hits on Abu Ghraib, some close shaves, and frank talk about that Foster parent