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The Ladies and the Ghosts

Theater

The Ladies and the Ghosts

When Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuf” arrived at the Booth Theatre in 1976, it was a revelation. Comment
“Temblores” (“Tremors”) is an outstanding Guatemalan drama by out gay filmmaker Jayro Bustamante. Pablo (Juan Pablo Olyslager), an upper class, evangelical, married father of two leaves his family for his lover, Francisco (Mauricio Armas). The ripples of his coming out create the tremors of the title. Comment

Billionaire Tears

Billionaire Tears

Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” turns class struggle and Trumpism into the cozy fare of a “Murder, She Wrote” or “Masterpiece Mystery!” episode. Comment
Eleven years after “Home: A Memoir of My Early Years,” Julie Andrews now has a second autobiographical volume, “Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years,” which covers her busy movie-making period. Comment
Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Taylor Ortega and Jay Malsky, Thank You For Coming Out

Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Taylor Ortega and Jay Malsky, Thank You For Coming Out

In this week’s episode of the Gay City News podcast “Thank You For Coming Out,” creator and host Dubbs Weinblatt welcomes comedian, actor, and writer Taylor Ortega and comedian, musician, and drag performer Jay Malsky. Comment
Theater

When Trauma Overtakes

Theater

When Trauma Overtakes

When Édouard Louis was barely 20 years old, he met a charming, swarthy young man on a Paris street on a rainy Christmas Eve and took him home. But after an intensely intimate night of sharing secrets and mind-blowing sex, the mood turned hellishly sour. Comment
“Akhnaten” is the third Philip Glass opera presented by the Met. Phelim McDermott’s spectacular English National Opera staging centers around an amazing marathon star performance by Anthony Roth Costanzo and makes for a terrific evening. Comment
Film

Varda’s Farewell Address

Film

Varda’s Farewell Address

Agnès Varda saw the future. From the very start, she tried to work as a one-woman band, eventually achieving a rare independence through digital video. Her debut feature “La Pointe Courte” paved the way for the French New Wave, but she stood apart from her colleagues there. Comment
A visit to the Museo Evita in Buenos Aires will tell you the real Evita, Maria Eva Duarte de Perón, first lady of Argentina, was a petite woman, her shoes on display evidence of just how tiny her feet were. But filling those shoes when it comes to the towering mythical figure of Evita on Broadway. Comment
French director Mati Diop’s “Atlantics,” set in Senegal, describes a quest for freedom that plays in simple terms — the desire to love the person one chooses and to work a job that’s not exploitative. But the film’s characters have to leave reality behind for their goals to be lived out. Comment
Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Bloom Davis, Thank You For Coming Out

Thank You for Coming Out ►Audio

Bloom Davis, Thank You For Coming Out

In this week’s episode of the Gay City News podcast “Thank You For Coming Out,” creator and host Dubbs Weinblatt welcomes Bloom Davis, a queer non-binary performer, facilitator, and creature who loves adventuring, traveling, and playing. Comment
Theater

People, Places, and Things, Big and Small

Theater

People, Places, and Things, Big and Small

The laconic pacing of Richard Nelson’s latest play “The Michaels” is the playwright’s hallmark. Directing as well, Nelson finds truth in every detail of relationship and behavior of the eponymous family as they prepare dinner one quietly eventful evening. Comment
Music ►Video

Anthony Roth Costanzo’s Countertenor in Egypt

Music ►Video

Anthony Roth Costanzo’s Countertenor in Egypt

There’s an amazing four-minute video where the countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo talks to sixth graders about how feelings are communicated through music. When he opens his mouth to sing the aria “Pena Tiranna” from Handel’s “Amadigi di Gaula,” a room full of 11-year-old jaws drop. Comment
Theater

Love Unmasked Too Late

Theater

Love Unmasked Too Late

When a beloved, timeless classic like “Cyrano de Bergerac” is revived onstage, it begs the question: What fresh twist justifies recounting this story for the umpteenth time? Erica Schmidt and The New Group have taken on this challenge. Comment
A record-high number of LGBTQ characters are expected to appear on broadcast primetime scripted programming by the end of the 2019-2020 TV season, according to GLAAD’s annual “Where We Are on TV” report, and there are overall gains in transgender characters and women. Comment

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