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Doubling Down

Film

Doubling Down

Most of the great films about doppelgangers are about women: “Vertigo,” “Persona,” “Mulholland Drive.” Japanese director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s “Asako […] Comment
Theater

Serious NYC Cultural Legacies

Theater

Serious NYC Cultural Legacies

Irascible veteran indie director Abel Ferrara is having quite the season, with a retrospective going on now at the Museum of Modern Art (through May 31; moma.org), which included his “Pasolini,” made five years ago, with Willem Dafoe in the title role. Comment
Surely the best Mozart revival of the season was the uniformly well-cast “La clemenza di Tito” (seen April 11). Comment
Music

Echoes, Without Enough Voice

Music

Echoes, Without Enough Voice

Grayson is stuck in an echo chamber. The non-binary singer is particularly fond of using their voice to create a delay effect, so that they can speak in dialogue with themselves. Comment
Theater

Giving the Queer Clown His Voice

Theater

Giving the Queer Clown His Voice

When the theater artist Taylor Mac left me a voicemail, my phone’s voice recognition program sent me a text of the message that started out, “Hi, it’s Anna Mike again.” Well, no, it wasn’t. Still, knowing Mac, I could almost imagine a quick whipping up of a whole evening’s entertainment about “Anna Mike,” her griefs, her triumphs, her nights, her days, and her sleazy, sleazy ways. Comment
Film

After Infamy, Then What?

Film

After Infamy, Then What?

For a film about the Manson family, the most surprising thing about Mary Harron’s “Charlie Says” is that it’s actually pretty bland. Comments (1)
Theater

Love Hurts

Theater

Love Hurts

“Safeword,” the latest queer-centric drama written and directed by S. Asher Gelman (his surprise hit “Afterglow” ran for over a year Off-Broadway) begins with the loud, piercing crack of a whip. The daring dramatist knows how to grab our attention, and over the course of the next 100 minutes, he never lets go. Comment
Film

Who Are You?... And, Who Am I?

Film

Who Are You?... And, Who Am I?

The twisted queer thriller “The Skin of the Teeth” opens with John (Donal Brophy), who is white, preparing for a date with Josef (Pascal Arquimedes), a younger, cute, and slightly insecure African-American man. Comment
Theater

Kings and Things…

Theater

Kings and Things…

Shakespeare is ever adaptable to the times, and so Sam Gold’s production of “King Lear” seems tailor-made for our Trumpian times. Comment
Music

San Francisco Singers at Stonewall

Music

San Francisco Singers at Stonewall

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, in town because a documentary about the group’s tour of the Deep South played at the Tribeca Film Festival, staged a brief concert outside the Stonewall Inn on the morning of April 30. Comment
Books

Reactionary Chic

Books

Reactionary Chic

Bret Easton Ellis’ first essay collection, “White,” tries to set a trap for anyone who dislikes it. Its title sets itself up as a provocation, daring one to call him racist. The truth […] Comment

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