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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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Almodóvar Dystopia – Dixon Place, New York

(Almodovar Dystopia) (Dixon Place) (NYC) (c)Peter Yesley

Choreographer: Antonio Ramos Reviewer: Jamie Rosler If your friends generally describe you as humorless or sexually repressed, this show probably isn't for you. On the other hand, maybe you're the ones who need it the most. Almodóvar Dystopia, from Antonio Ramos and the Gang bangers, is an absurd mixed-media dance piece filled with joy, chocolate, nudity, wigs, and references to Pedro ...

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Inanimate – The Flea Theater, New York

(Inanimate) (The Flea) (NYC)

Writer: Nick Robideau Director: Courtney Ulrich Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell In 2009, American archer Erika LaBrie appeared on Good Morning America and explained to the audience that she was in love with the Eiffel Tower. In fact, she’d been married to the French landmark for two years and she’d legally changed her name to Erika Eiffel. For many Americans, this ...

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Convicted – Theatre at the 14th Street Y, New York

(Convicted)(Theatre at the 14th Street Y)(NYC)

Writer: Riley Thomas Director: Riley Thomas Reviewer: Robert Price A gunshot opens Riley Thomas’ new play, echoing through the piece as a consequence of what we believe. Convicted explores morality’s application, from many different angles. Amy, played by Jennifer Knox (who holds the show together with her steady hand), works at an advocacy group for LGBT youth. David M. Farrington plays ...

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