Queer Pioneer Buddy Cole Sleighs at SoHo Playhouse, Through Nov. 3

Queer Pioneer Buddy Cole Sleighs at SoHo Playhouse, Through Nov. 3

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Ascot around neck, cigarette in hand, lips pursed in close proximity to the rim of a stiff cocktail, uncompromisingly outspoken gay bar denizen Buddy Cole made his bones as a monologue-delivering mainstay, during the televised run of iconic sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall—whose wonderfully eccentric, character-driven work was […]

At the Irish Rep, Jeffrey Bean Makes ‘Dublin Carol’ Sing

At the Irish Rep, Jeffrey Bean Makes ‘Dublin Carol’ Sing

It’s set on Christmas Eve, and there are holiday-appropriate decorations strung about the set, to be sure—but don’t expect any nostalgic flashbacks shedding light on what a child’s Christmas was like in Wales, or, for that matter, a trio of spectral visitors haunting the town miser until he arrives on the doorstep of a poor […]

Palissimo Company, at Heller Gallery, Fundraises to Help ‘Hebel’

Palissimo Company, at Heller Gallery, Fundraises to Help ‘Hebel’

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | “Human and humane” is the apt description of Palissimo Company—artistic director Pavel Zuštiak’s dynamic, deeply affecting, 2004-founded collaborative platform for research, development, and production of live arts, whose exploration of the human condition captures the imagination and stirs the soul. Merging, they tell us, “the abstract aspects of dance with the […]

Marsha Mason Mines Comedic, Dramatic Treasures in the Irish Rep’s Lovely ‘Little Gem’

Marsha Mason Mines Comedic, Dramatic Treasures in the Irish Rep’s Lovely ‘Little Gem’

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | It’s fitting that our first encounter with the three generations of North Dublin women in Elaine Murphy’s heartfelt, heart-wrenching, often hilarious 2008 debut play, Little Gem, happens while they’re hunkered down in the waiting room of a doctor’s office—an environment that invites introspection and anticipates diagnosis, followed by, one hopes, a […]

Burlesqued Biography ‘Galas’ a Fitting Tribute to Ludlam, Done with Love and ‘Pride’

Burlesqued Biography ‘Galas’ a Fitting Tribute to Ludlam, Done with Love and ‘Pride’

BY TRAV S.D. | Are you feeling what I’m feeling? Excitement about Pride Month seems particularly marked this year, most likely because it is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that helped spark the modern Gay Rights Movement in America, but undoubtedly also because the community’s hard-won rights are once again under threat from […]

Trav S.D. Takes You to the World’s Fairs!

Trav S.D. Takes You to the World’s Fairs!

BY TRAV S.D. | April 2019 marks the 80th Anniversary of the groundbreaking 1939 New York World’s Fair. To mark the occasion I’ve booked two talks at two related locations, one in Brooklyn, one in Queens. Sunday, April 28, 3pm: Backstage at the ’39 World’s Fair | The 1939 New York World’s Fair was famously held […]