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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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Rotterdam – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writer: Jon Brittain Director: Donnacadh O’Briain Reviewer: James Garrington New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has decided that it’s finally time to tell her parents that she’s gay. She drafts and redrafts – not an easy email to write, she’s been in this relationship for seven years without telling her parents back home, who she feels sure will disapprove. But ...

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Paul Swan is Dead and Gone – Torn Page, New York

Writer: Claire Kiechel Director: Steve Cosson Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell In a program note for Paul Swan is Dead and Gone, playwright Claire Kiechel recalls the first time she heard about her great-great uncle Paul Swan, who her grandmother described as “very strange”; in the parlance of Kiechel’s native Nebraska she understood that to mean he was “loud, queer, and ...

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Rotterdam – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Jon Brittain Director: Donnacadh O’Briain Reviewer: Selwyn Knight For most of us, where we live is a positive choice; for the characters in Rotterdam, however, their choice to live there has been one of a perceived necessity. They’re living there because there’s nowhere else they can see to go. As one character says, Rotterdam is a port, everything is ...

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Rotterdam – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Jon Brittain Director: Donnacadh O’Briain Designer: Ellan Parry Reviewer: Ron Simpson Rotterdam, winner of the 2017 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, is a strange mix of sitcom, genuinely moving scenes and serious consideration of issues of gender. It’s a tribute to both Jon Brittain and Donnacadh O’Briain that, for the most part, all these fit ...

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SICK – Theatre Deli, Sheffield

Writer: Shey Hargreaves Director: Molly Naylor Reviewer: Brendan James SICK is a true personal account of a young graduate who embarks on their first job out of university. Something to pay the bills but will also engender a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of serving the greater good. Shey Hargreaves enters as a bright-eyed young optimist, intent on giving ...

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