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Courtney Act: Dashing Through the Divas – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

(Dashing Through the Divas) (Laurie Beechman)

Writer: Courtney Act Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Streisand, Carey, Clooney, Midler... and Act. Drag superstar Courtney Act brings her own diva power to holiday classics by iconic performers to the Laurie Beechman stage. Covering holiday pop songs, classic Aussie Christmas tunes, and a few original pieces, Act fills the theatre with joy and high notes. Act’s diva-esque persona and classically beautiful ...

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The Portal – Minetta Lane Theatre, New York

(The Portal) (Minetta Lane Theatre) (c)Russ Rowland

Music: Tierro Lee, Kan’Nal &Lisa Gerrard Lyrics: Daniel Katsuk Director: Luke Comer Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos The Portal, a self-described “modern shamanic journey,” combines film, dance, on-stage drama, and live music to give audiences an 85-minute tour of one man’s vision quest through an unnamed desert. Invoking The Divine Comedy, we follow Dante as he moves from hell, through purgatory, into ...

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Something Better – Barrow Street Theatre, New York

(Josie Long) (Something Better) (c) Paul Bevan

Writer: Josie Long Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Josie Long, charming and optimistic comedian from England, brings Something Better to Barrow Street Theatre, in both name and intention. As a left-wing identifying human in a Brexit &Trump world, Long struggles comedically to come to terms with modern politics, baby boomers, and aging, in a not-quite-stand-up, not-quite-solo-show, that is completely heartening during a time in our history ...

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My Name is Gideon: I’m Probably Going to Die, Eventually – Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New York City

(My Name is Gideon) (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater) (c) Maria Baranova

Writer: Gideon Irving Director: Ewen Wright Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Gideon Irving has made a name as a global troubadour, traveling by various methods to homes across the world, entertaining families and their friends in salon-style sessions in their living room. In My Name is Gideon: I’m Probably Going to Die, Eventually, he brings his home to the stage and invites ...

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Infertile – UCB Theatre Chelsea, New York

(Infertile) (UCB Chelsea, New York) (c) Francine Daveta

Writers: John Murray &Silvija Ozols Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Comedy and laughter, employed as strength giving tools in times of hardship, are some of the greatest gifts humankind has at its disposal. With as many as one out of six modern couples facing infertility, and no coming decrease in those numbers, John Murray and Silvija Ozols share their light-hearted take on ...

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Trans-Jester – The Stonewall Inn, New York

(Trans-Jester) (Stonewall Inn) (c) Jeff Eason

Writer: Lady Bunny & Beryl Mendelbaum Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Lady Bunny brings her delightfully crass humor to the upstairs theatre of the historic Stonewall Inn, in the now twice-extended Trans-Jester. A drag icon, Bunny melds show tunes, audience-interactive monologue, video media, pop music, and brilliant one-liners together in a one-person show that  balances social commentary with toilet humor to achieve a ...

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Blacktop Highway – Dixon Place, New York City

(Blacktop Highway) (press photo) (Dixon Place) (c)Rafael Hernandez

Writer: John Fleck Director: Randee Trabitz Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Performance artist and actor of NEA Four fame, John Fleck, brings his solo show to Dixon Place from Los Angeles. Blacktop Highway brings the gothic American horror film to the stage with a John Waters-inspired edge. The grotesque and surreal drive the action of this compelling experience. Calling itself out for being ...

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