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The Untold Story of America's Wildest Theater Company

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 01.07.2016 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

I'd call Memories of the Revolution "invaluable" -- if only that word conveyed how exhilarating it is to read this new book, the inside story of the women's theater corps that infiltrated New York culture in the '80s, transforming it in ways that continue to resonate.

Aisle View: The 2015 Ten Best List

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.17.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

What more need be said? It is, yes, as good as you've heard. What a shame that the ticket situation will keep it out of the reach of the general theatergoing public for another year or three.

Fun Home and the Gift of Being Out

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

The Tony Award-winning musical, Fun Home, begins and ends with a child, Alison, demanding that her father play "airplane" with her. In between those bookending moments we see Alison grow up, come out as a lesbian, and take flight as a lover, while her father sinks into the closet as a gay man.

The Sixth Annual Lilly Awards, 2015

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

The Lilly Awards Foundation has helped move the needle of women playwrights getting their work on stage, women producers getting to produce, women directors getting to direct, women lighting and set designer getting to design, etc. from almost nil to ten percent.

Thoughts on the Tony Awards Broadcast, Ruthie Ann Miles, Curious Incident & More

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

It's approximately 24 hours since the Tony Awards ended -- and, while most of the community is at a Bombshell party, I feel like it's about time to reflect on the night that was.

First Nighter: The Tonys as Experienced in the Press Room

David Finkle | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
David Finkle

I notice this is a surprisingly short account of the year's Tony Awards as scoped from the press room. I can only suggest it's an indication of the excitement the event didn't create from start to finish.

5 Reasons Why You Have to See 'Fun Home'

Liz Feldman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Liz Feldman

Fun Home tells the story of Alison, a young girl growing up in a funeral home with a closeted father. The musical is based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel and it weaves her coming out and coming of age story with her father's own tragic struggle towards self-realization.

'Fun Home' - A Layered Perspective

Anita Lo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Anita Lo

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a preview of Fun Home in its new home on Broadway. As I left the theatre, I was struck by how the layering of different perspectives on top of one another make for a more complex, more satisfying final product.

The Fun House

Elizabeth A. Povinelli | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabeth A. Povinelli

In Fun Home, what opened so perilously between my grandparents and me opens again between those standing across the same mortuary table or pressing their bodies against each other in the same narrow dorm bed.

On the Couch with the Keenan-Bolgers: FUN HOME

Celia Keenan-Bolger | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Celia Keenan-Bolger

FUN HOME was one of those rare theatrical experiences that resonated with us so deeply that we couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks after leaving the theater. Rather than break our phones group-texting each other, we decided to sit down and talk about the show.

A Trip To 'Fun Home'

Andrew Rannells | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Rannells

As soon as Fun Home began, I knew this was something incredible. Anyone who has ever looked back at their life, specifically their childhood, with a closer eye and an open heart, will cringe and laugh and cry at this story.

Caught in the Act

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 06.27.2015 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

I first saw Beth Malone three years ago in a tiny theater in Hell's Kitchen performing a solo show. The actor, who billed herself as "part dude, part lady... all lesbian," examined her life, delivering a witty and affecting tour of America's family dysfunction with its gay children.

Fun Home: This Dynamic Family

Danny Groner | Posted 06.23.2015 | New York
Danny Groner

If you're looking for emotional and original storytelling, rich music, incredible and intricate stage production, top-notch acting from both veteran and young actors, Fun Home is the play to see. How, you may ask, does one musical pull off so much? By making it look easy and effortless.

Aisle View: Come to the Fun Home

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.19.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Seekers of provocative, invigorating and entertaining theatre--musical or dramatic--will find it at Circle in the Square. To those who think that Fun Home doesn't sound like their sort of entertainment: this is musical theatre at its best, so go anyway. You're likely to be surprised, and thrilled, and enthralled.

How to Be a Leading Lady

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 11.11.2014 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

Right now I envy anyone who lives in Denver or has the chance to be at that city's Center for the Performing Arts anytime between Sept. 12 and Oct. 26, when Meredith Wilson's The Unsinkable Molly Brown debuts in a contemporary reimagining written by Dick Scanlan.

Aisle View: The 2013 Ten Best List

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

As 2013 dwindles down to a precious few -- a precious few plays and musicals, that is -- it is time to compile our list of the ten best of the year. This year, happily, has no less than fifteen that more than qualify for the ten best; fifteen that I would happily return to for another visit.

Cinderella and Her Wife: How a Fairytale Became a Reality in Just 30 Years

Cheryl Moch | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cheryl Moch

In 1985, when our play Cinderella: The Real True Story was first performed in New York, marriage equality was a dream -- and a punch line. I laughed along with everyone else when I first heard the line, written by my friend and collaborator Holly Gewandter, "We'll live as wife and wife."

The Two Statement Plays

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cara Joy David

In the Wake and After the Revolution focus on making some kind of political statement instead of character development. It's a worthy message. It's just the method of communicating it that leaves me slightly cold.

First Nighter: In the Wake, Lisa Kron's New Play, Has What It Takes

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

This comedy-laced drama sends audiences staggering into the streets from its power to shake up previous assumptions about the requirements needed for leading a fulfilling political and personal life.