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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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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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Thank You for Being a Friend – The Cutting Room, New York

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Writer: Nick Brennan Director: Nick Brennan Lyrics: Luke Jones &Cisco Cardenas Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Cheesecake, shoulder pads, and Latin pop stars abound at the Cutting Room for a fewSunday nights this fall. Set in a retirement home in Miami, Thank You for Being a Friend sends up the classic sitcom The Golden Girls. With spunky musical numbers and nods to ...

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Nasty Drew and That Harder Boy: The Case of the Peepshow Phantom – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

press photo, Nasty Drew and that Harder Boy

Writer: Chris Harder Director: Chris Harder Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Mystery, intrigue, and innuendo abound at the Laurie Beechman in Chris Harder’s Nasty Drew and that Harder Boy: The Case of the Peepshow Phantom. Mixing narrative theatre, burlesque, and drag into one high-camp cocktail of sexy disco brilliance against a 1970s backdrop, this show delivers laughs and lasciviousness in equal measure. ...

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Crashlight – Cherry Lane Theatre, New York

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Writer and Director: Celeste Makoff Choreographer: Kaitlyn Moise Reviewer: Martin Kushner In Crashlight, a repressive dystopia ruled by Marcus Pressi, music is outlawed and sunlight is restricted to just three minutes a day. On the historic stage of The Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village, home to seminal productions of Samuel Beckett and Edward Albee, a sole TV monitor stage left ...

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BenDeLaCreme’s Inferno A-Go-Go – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

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Writer: BenDeLaCreme Director: BenDeLaCreme Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers During her time on RuPaul’s Drag Race, drag superstar BenDeLaCreme described herself as “terminally delightful.” In her latest solo show, Inferno A Go-Go! at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, LaCreme kills the audience with her signature kindness and then positions herself as the best tour guide anyone could hope for through the fiery afterlife. ...

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Newton’s Cradle – The Duke on 42nd Street, New York

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Book: Kim Saunders Music &Lyrics: Heath Saunders Director: Victoria Clark Reviewer: Tim Koch Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a tricky subject to discuss in real life, much less on stage. But the company of the New York Musical Festival’s production of Newton’s Cradle successfully guides the audience on an emotionally-infused journey into the mind and world of Evan (Heath Saunders), ...

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Men on Boats – Playwrights Horizons, New York

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Writer: Jaclyn Backhaus Director: Will Davis Reviewer: Jamie Rosler It’s 1869 in the new American West. Captain Powell and his men are traversing the Green and Colorado Rivers on the first ever government-sanctioned expedition to map, name, and claim the land from Wyoming down to the Grand Canyon (or rather, an as-yet-unnamed canyon of impressive size). Through trials that are ...

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