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Dr. Ride’s American Beach House – Ars Nova, New York City

Writer: Liza Birkenmeier Director: Katie Brook Reviewer: Alithea Howes Dr. Ride’s American Beach House is a rare jewel of a play, one that this reviewer is very glad that Ars Nova managed to find. In lesser hands, this play could seem boring or pointless because so much of its pathos, tension, and story arc lie in the things that the ...

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Victor – Axis Theatre Company, New York City

Writer: Edgar Oliver Director: Randy Sharp Reviewer: Alithea Howes Edgar Oliver is a strange man. His emotions are not passionate, that word seems too active, rather they are deep and enduring. His voice is languid, resonant, and hauntingly strange. One’s best guest at placing the origin of his accent is Halloween Town. The story he tells is fittingly haunted, not ...

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Stardust – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book: Shahid Iqbal Khan and Sâmir Bhamra Music and Lyrics: Robby Khela Director: Sâmir Bhamra Reviewer: James Garrington This week at the Belgrade we find the world premiere of Stardust, which is billed as the “first South Asian-led production to depict a same-sex marriage on a British stage.” It may seem strange to a white British audience to realise how many cultures exist where ...

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Waack to the Future: Africa– House of Yes, New York City

Producer: Princess Lockeroo Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Vogue and Waack are dance styles that originated in the LGBTQ communities of New York and Los Angeles during the 1970s and 1980s. Madonna’s 1990 hit “Vogue” and the David Fincher-directed music video introduced voguing to mainstream America; the scene is still very much alive, as evidenced by Princess Lockerooo’s annual vogue and ...

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Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8 – Access Theater, New York City

Writer: Alex Borinsky Director: Augustus Heagerty Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Trudging up the stairs to the fourth-floor walkup space of the ironically named Access Theater, one hopes the trek will be rewarded with a transcendent piece of theatre. i am a slow tide performance and media collection’s production of Alex Borinsky’s Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8 has intrigue and high concept aplenty, ...

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OSCAR at the Crown – 3 Dollar Bill, New York City

Creator: Mark Mauriello Director: Shira Milikowsky Composer & Choreographer: Andrew Barret Cox Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers “To define is to limit.” – Oscar Wilde It seems a bit odd to write a review of a queer nightclub musical based on Oscar Wilde’s life, when Wilde himself would have scoffed at the notion of caring at all what a sole critic might ...

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Messiah – La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company, New York City

Writer: Nia O. Witherspoon Director: Nia O. Witherspoon Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell During the Stonewall Riots in 1969, one of the individuals in the vanguard that pushed back against police harassment was Marsha P. Johnson, a Black transgender activist. Johnson is among the most recognized of the Stonewall protesters; some accounts credit her with throwing the first brick. With that ...

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