Pitchers and Catchers: Chalk gender lines.

Written by Christopher Carbone on . Posted in Posts, Theater

Last summer, when former Mets manager Bobby Valentine declared in Details that major league baseball is "probably ready for an openly gay player," sports writers, gossip columnists, fans and baseball players everywhere toaok to the airwaves and the internet, terribly titillated at the mere suggestion that baseball was mature enough to handle a gay man [&hellip
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Parade of Friends: A funny, self-conscious take on the gay play.

Written by Ettore Toppi on . Posted in Posts, Theater

"Who needs another gay play?" queries a jaded thirtysomething in The Last Sunday in June, Jonathan Tolins’ new play, which opened last month at the Rattlestick Theater. It’s a question without a clear answer, but one that audiences may justifiably ask. By "gay play," the character is referring to a specific genre of theater in [&hellip
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Overwhelming Convention: Two LAByrinth productions are re-staged; an early McGuinness fails.

Written by Mimi Kramer on . Posted in Posts, Theater

Waiting for the light to change at Broadway and 18th, the other night, I eavesdropped on a couple of guys who, like me, had just come from seeing Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Our Lady of 121st Street at the Union Square Theater. They were talking about the unconventional relationship between the set and the action of [&hellip
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Other Realities: Two approaches to Shakespeare. One works, one doesn’t.

Written by Mimi Kramer on . Posted in Posts, Theater

A pair of surgical gloves and a baby buggy got me thinking, recently, about what we can and can’t be expected to believe in when it comes to staging Shakespeare. The occasion was the Classic Stage Company production of The Winter’s Tale, directed by Barry Edelstein. The surgical gloves figured in the scene where Hermione’s [&hellip
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La Boheme; Movin’ Out

Written by Mimi Kramer on . Posted in Posts, Theater

Movin’ OutDirected by Twyla Tharp For Pete’s sake, why all the fuss about the Baz Luhrmann La Boheme! You’d think that no one had ever thought of updating classical opera before, or casting "realistically" trim and youthful romantic leads. The production, currently at the Broadway Theater, which brings the action forward to the 1950s, opened [&hellip
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Mamet’s Boston Marriage

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There was some not-so-swell acting going on a couple of Sundays back at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, where Kate Burton and Martha Plimpton are appearing in the New York premiere of David Mamet’s Boston Marriage. As everyone will know by now, the play–whose title derives from the antique euphemism for a household ambiguously tenanted [&hellip
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Kenneth Lonergan is the Real Thing; Jon Robin Baitz Isn’t; Edward Bond’s Saved

Written by Jonathan Kalb on . Posted in Posts, Theater

I don’t know whether Kenneth Lonergan is a great dramatist. Let’s talk about that in 50 years, maybe. After seeing three of his plays, though–This Is Our Youth, The Waverly Gallery and now Lobby Hero (I haven’t yet seen the Oscar-nominated You Can Count on Me, which he wrote and directed, but will now do [&hellip
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