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You, “Me,” and Isaac Mizrahi

Music

You, “Me,” and Isaac Mizrahi

There’s no “I” in “Cabaret” — but there are three of them in Isaac Mizrahi’s name, and one in the title of his new show. Comment

Yowie! Anime NYC Returns

Yowie! Anime NYC Returns

The stereotypes of anime fans range from the anti-social, obsessive otaku with his collection of Gundam models to the giggling teenage Sailor Moon cosplayer. To be sure, both of these could be found at the second edition of Anime NYC at the Jacob Javits Center this past weekend. Comment
Film

Unafraid of the Body

Film

Unafraid of the Body

“Cola de Mono” is out gay writer/ director Alberto Fuguet’s sensational and sexually explicit genre film about two brothers in Chile in 1986. It is Christmas Eve, and Borja (Cristóbal Rodríguez-Costabal) and Vicente (Santiago Rodríguez-Costabal, Cristóbal’s real-life brother) each discover their queer sexuality in separate storylines. After dinner with their mother, Vicente heads out to go cruising in a park. Meanwhile, Borja gets drunk and breaks into his brother’s bedroom, where he puts on a jockstrap and looks at dirty magazines. Things come to a head when Vicente returns. Comment
Theater

Call Her Irrepressible

Growing up in the 1960s in Hawaii, TV may have largely presented an idealized, sanitized, largely white view of the world, but it also introduced a ton of richly variegated, mostly New York talent to me, stuck on an island — however beautiful — in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Comment
Theater

Making a Go of It

Theater

Making a Go of It

“The Other Josh Cohen” is a charming urban fairytale perfectly pitched to anyone who has struggled with living in the city, coping with loss and loneliness, and finding a way through in the end . Basically anyone who makes New York their home. Josh Cohen has no date for Valentine’s Day, his temp work is going nowhere, and his apartment’s been robbed, leaving him with only a Neil Diamond CD. The burglar even took the Bundt cake Josh would have used to stuff his feelings. Grim as this might be, this is the set-up for a wonderfully appealing and heartfelt musical comedy. The conceit that makes it work is that even at his most bereft, Josh is shadowed by the image of himself a year later when everything has turned out much better for him. Comment
Second Stage Theater, which brought “Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song” to Off-Broadway and now to the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway, honored him at a star-studded benefit November 12 that left playwright and actor Fierstein verklempt but still able to make his audience laugh. Comments (1)
The Hungarian State Opera and National Ballet appeared in New York for two weeks in late October and early November, performing at the Koch Theater. The repertory was mouthwatering for the opera aficionado: Ferenc Erkel’s “Bánk bán,” Karl Goldmark’s “Die Königin von Saba,” and a double bill of the one-acts “Mario and the Magician” by János Vajda and “Bluebeard’s Castle” by Béla Bartók. The company, however, proved to be a bewildering mix of musical excellence, amateurish provincial productions, and uneven singing. When it was good, it was very, very good, but when it was bad… Comment
Theater

Making the World Hate Again

Theater

Making the World Hate Again

The power of “Lured,” a gutsy new political drama exposing heinous crimes against gay men in present-day Russia, is felt well before the actors take the stage. Upon entering the tiny Cino Theater at Theater for the New City, we’re confronted with an ominous tableau (Steven Medina created the gritty set). Comment

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