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Here's How A New Off-Broadway Show Is Opening Minds About LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.25.2015 | Gay Voices

James Lecesne will forgive you if you think his one-man Off-Broadway show, “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey,” is based on ...

In 'Informed Consent,' A Native American Tribe's Battle Is Recreated Off Broadway

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.10.2015 | Arts

A Native American tribe's tumultuous conflict over genetic research is being brought to harrowing life on the Off-Broadway stage. Deborah Zoe Laufer's...

The Musical That Will Change The Way You Feel About Growing Older

Tim Ranney | Posted 07.28.2015 | Fifty
Tim Ranney

Coming upon your 50th birthday is a great reason to see the new off-Broadway show 'Happy 50ish!' now playing in New York through August 30. I sat down with Lynn Shore, who created the book, music and lyrics, for a quick chat on what inspired him to create a show about reaching this special day.

Stage Door: Colin Quinn- The New York Story, Shows for Days

Fern Siegel | Posted 07.24.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

If you want an insightful, often-ironic look at the cultural ether, ask a comic. If you want to know how New York City's population operates, ask Colin Quinn. His The New York Story, now off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theater, zings ethnicity, political correctness and the bland stupidity of ignoring diversity.

"The Wild Party" Feels Like a Night on the Town

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 07.22.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

That's what The Wild Party is all about. Sex, booze, relationships. And how it's sometimes good to be bad.

One for All: The American Soldier Proves Sacrifice Is a Family Issue

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.22.2015 | Arts
Jaime Lubin

Taurel explores the many faces of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), painting a detailed portrait of the military experience which explains that when trauma strikes one, it affects all.

Donna Lynne Champlin, From Broadway to the CW

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.16.2015 | Entertainment
Cara Joy David

From starring as a young Carol Burnett in a Broadway play to portraying Jane Austen in a festival musical, Donna Lynne Champlin has done a lot.

'The Flick' And Other Off Broadway Shows To See This Month

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 07.16.2015 | Arts

Off Broadway plays can get really weird. Like, watermelon-being-smashed-to-bits-on-stage weird. So when the basic Broadway lineup starts to feel tired...

Theater on Their Own Terms

Joanne Rendell | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts
Joanne Rendell

The actors in the room are all recent high school graduates and the struggles they are depicting -- boredom, unrequited love, sexual identity, grasping for the future, holding onto the past -- aren't so distant for the young actors themselves.

Stage Door: Awake and Sing

Fern Siegel | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

One of Clifford Odets' masterpieces, Awake and Sing, a sprawling drama about the travails of a 1930s lower-middle class Jewish family in the Bronx, is now off-Broadway at the Public Theater. And it's always a good choice.

Internet Personality Michael Buckley On Giving 'Sex Tips' Off Broadway

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.09.2015 | Gay Voices

  The star of "Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man," Internet personality Michael Buckley is making the leap from YouTube to th...

Brooke Adams & Tony Shalhoub in Happy Days, at the Flea Theater

Isa Freeling | Posted 07.06.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

I always like going to the Flea Theater, since they bring to fruition off beat, experimental and genius pieces such as Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, directed by Andrei Belgrader and playing now to packed audiences with Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub.

Listen To Miss America Meets 'The Birdcage' On CD For The First Time

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.22.2015 | Gay Voices

The first cast recording of the Drama Desk-nominated musical billed as “Miss America meets ‘The Birdcage’” hits stores June 22 after two succe...

Stage Door: Doctor Faustus

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The lead in Doctor Faustus is dismissive of law and science, chucking the Bible with smug abandon. What he craves is power, sex and wealth.

Curtis M. Wong

A Look At Ethics Of Gay Sex Games, Power Play On The NYC Stage

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.10.2015 | Gay Voices

Playwright David Rhodes hopes "Consent," his new off-Broadway drama, sheds light on intimate aspects of gay relationships that have yet to be explored...

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.

Rising Star Pico Alexander Talks Social Media, Bioluminescence and Taking Risks

Erika Finn | Posted 06.05.2015 | Arts
Erika Finn

met up with Pico Alexander at the Cafe at the Signature Theatre on the eve of his 24th birthday. He was taller than I expected with a thick head of hair that he hid under his fedora hat.

The Way We Get By

Isa Freeling | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Neil La Bute, one of my favorite American playwrights, has done something unique to his brand of well-established playwriting genre; that is of the darkly cynical variety.

Stage Door: Nice Girl

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Nice Girl is set in suburban Boston in 1984, doesn't rise to the poetry of Williams, but it possesses a poignancy and moving tribute to working-class blues that's touching in its simplicity.

Bringing the Wonder Back to Alice

Joanne Rendell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education
Joanne Rendell

It's a warm spring evening in Central Park and a group of teens are gathered at the Alice in Wonderland statue, just up from the boating lake. For most of them, frolicking on the iconic statue is probably something they haven't done in a while. But today the teens don't hold back.

Actors Equity and the Future of American Theater

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

There is no doubt that Actors Equity has a vital role to play in American theater in the 21st century, much as it did throughout the 20th century. However, if it wants to preserve its vital role it must change its vision of the future.

Lauren Duca

'Queen Of The Night' Is Basically Cirque Du Soleil Directed By Stanley Kubrick

HuffingtonPost.com | Lauren Duca | Posted 05.18.2015 | Arts

Off Broadway plays can get really weird. Like, watermelon-being-smashed-to-bits-on-stage weird. So when the basic Broadway lineup starts to feel tired...

Stage Door: 'One Hand Clapping, Clinton the Musical'

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.16.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Janet's tale, about a young married British couple in Northern England in 1961, is a strangely compelling look at the state of consumerism and love gone goofy. Equal parts social commentary and theater of the absurd, One Hand Clapping, at 59E59 Theaters, is a thoughtful and engaging dark comedy.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Pretty, But What's the Point?

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

"Truth hath better deeds than words to grace it." Such is the unlikely thesis of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, penned by one of posterity's greatest playwrights to reflect on the fickleness of lust and persistence of love.

Should the NLRB Mediate LA's Equity Wars?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

It may be time for the National Labor Relations Board to step in and mediate LA's "99-seat theater wars."