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201 Dance Company: SKIN –Waterside, Sale

Direction & Choreography: Andrea Walker Composer: Norvydas Genys Reviewer: Peter Jacobs 201 Dance Company’s latest production SKIN is presented as part of Queer Contact Festival, celebrating LGBT arts and culture in Greater Manchester. As Contact itself is closed for major refurbishment this year’s Queer Contact – and the rest of their 2018 programme – has been redistributed to other venues ...

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Dancing Bear – Palace Theatre, Manchester 

Writer: Beccy Owen Direction: Jamie Fletcher Original Music: Ric Neale, Beccy Owen & Jamie Fletcher Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Dancing Bear is a new musical commissioned by Contact and presented as part of Queer Contact Festival, celebrating LGBT arts and culture in Greater Manchester. As Contact’s building is closed for major refurbishment this year’s Queer Contact – and the rest of ...

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Are You There Ru? It’s Me, Chelsea – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

(Chelsea Piers) (Beechman Theatre) (NYC) (c)James Michael Avance

Writer: Chelsea Piers Director: Darius Rose Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Chelsea Piers is the showtune belting, punk rock drag goddess of Hell’s Kitchen, so why hasn’t she been on RuPaul's Drag Race yet? At the Laurie Beechman Theatre, with musical direction by Brandon James Gwinn, Chelsea strives to answer the question, when will she get her chance at international stardom? Taking the ...

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Porn to be a Star – Stonewall Inn, New York

[Porn to be a Star] [Stonewall Inn, NYC] (c)David Ayllon

Writer: Chris Harder Director: David Drake Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Pornography and burlesque star Chris Harder comes to the Stonewall Inn with his latest one-man show, Porn to be a Star. A variety narrative with Harder portraying himself, other porn stars, gossip show hosts, directors, his mother, and Bushwick gender revolutionaries, among others, Porn to be a Star feels like the next ...

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Solstice Party! – The A.R.T./New York Theatres, New York

Writer: Susan Soon He StantonDirector: Tyler MercerReviewer: Carrie Lee O’DellFor many New Yorkers, upstate—that place that seems to start somewhere around Westchester and extend all the way to the Canadian border—represents a place that is simultaneously magical and terrifying. Two hours or so north of the city and suddenly there’s no light pollution, no trash-lined sidewalks, no alternate-side parking, and ...

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Rubber Ring – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: James McDermott Reviewer: Lizz Clark If you like 1980s teen movies, you'll probably enjoy Rubber Ring, James McDermott's semi-autobiographical one-man show. Its hero, Jimmy, is a sarcastic teenager with a heart of gold, stuck in Sheringham with nothing but his love of Morrissey and a growing determination to escape. We travel with him as he leaves his lonely bedroom ...

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The Miss Ogynistic Beauty Pageant – The Duplex Cabaret, New York City

(Miss Ogynistic Beauty Pageant) (Duplex, NYC)

Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Benefiting various women’s shelters throughout New York, the one-night engagement of The Miss Ogynistic Beauty Pageant sets typical beauty pageant tropes on their heads. With men as contestants, the pageant creates clever send-ups of patriarchal constructs outside of the pageant world using the beauty competition format as framework. Featuring one former Miss America (Kirsten Haglund), two former ...

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Up The Rabbit Hole – Theater for the New City, New York

Writer: Andy Halliday Director: G. R. Johnson Reviewer: Robert Price Jack Harris is doing cocaine. His mother doesn’t know that, but she’s disappointed he didn’t show up to dinner. The nice guy he met, Robert, has no idea Jack has a problem. He really likes Jack, and keeps telling him that. When Jack tracks down his birth mother and half ...

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