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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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Trinkets – Gene Frankel Theater, New York

Writer: Paul Alexander Choreographer: Antyon LeMonte Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Trinkets, at 24 Bond Arts Center in the Gene Frankel Theater, has a promising enough premise. Billed as telling “the story of a group of drag and transsexual prostitutes” in the pre-gentrified Meatpacking district of the 1990s, the musical is a semi-moralistic tale with an after-school-special structure. Though the run time ...

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Yellow Card Red Card – New Ohio Theatre, New York

Writer: Melisa Tien Director: Tamilla Woodard Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell The classic sports narrative features athletes who overcome adversity by losing themselves in the game, often forging friendships and finding opportunities along the way. Yellow Card Red Card, playing at New Ohio Theatre’s ICE Factory Festival, stays true to this narrative without feeling like a rehash of the familiar. Yellow ...

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