Enter ‘Exit’: Peter Michael Marino Goes Online with Tale of $6 Million Musical, Made & Unmade

Enter ‘Exit’: Peter Michael Marino Goes Online with Tale of $6 Million Musical, Made & Unmade

Desperately Seeking the Exit: Online Live | In 2007, American actor/writer Peter Michael Marino wrote a musical based on the Madonna film Desperately Seeking Susan, featuring the hit songs of Blondie. It opened on London’s West End… and closed a month later. Whoops! This high-octane, comical solo train ride fills in the blanks of how […]

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice &… Blah

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice &… Blah

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER | Pershing Square Signature Center’s Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre is a long, narrow, terraced space with seating on three sides; performers practically fall in the laps of spectators. So when Michael Zegen and Ana Nogueira, who play Ted and Alice in the New Group’s musical version of Bob & Carol & Ted & […]

‘Slava’s Snowshow’ Delivers a Blizzard of Delights

‘Slava’s Snowshow’ Delivers a Blizzard of Delights

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | When Slava’s Snowshow first came to New York, back in 2004, American culture had little representation of clowning outside of Pennywise from It, and the new interpretation of The Joker from latest Batman movie. How times have changed in the last 15 years… Slava Polunin, the creator of Snowshow, hails from […]

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 […]