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Zach Udko is a Senior Lecturer at New York University, where he teaches writing courses at Tisch School of the Arts. His plays have been produced in New York, California, and England. As a theater and film critic, he has written for Backstage West and UInterview.com, and his photographs have been published in Christie's Magazine. He is also a performer, director, and connoisseur of camp.

Zach is a graduate of Stanford University (BA and MA, English) and New York University (MFA, Dramatic Writing).

Entries by Zach Udko

Theater Review: Just Jim Dale, a Slim and Stale Musical Memoir

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 7:30 PM

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Photo credit: Joan Marcus, courtesy of the Roundabout Theatre

Roundabout's puzzling summer selection at the Laura Pels Theatre (a replacement for Bekah Brunstetter's postponed Cutie and Bear) seems to be an innocuous way to please its septuagenarian subscriber base without breaking...

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Brasilia: An Architectural Tourist's Playground in the Brazilian Savanna

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 5:24 PM

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Brasilia at night

In Terry Gilliam's dystopian black comedy Brazil, Jonathan Pryce plays a lonely clerk longing to escape a cold Brave New World overrun by inefficient and terrifying bureaucrats. As he hears and hums Ary Barroso's 1939 "Aquarela do Brasil," he dreams of...

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Performance Review: Infinite While it Lasts Serves Samba, Sex, and Saudade on Avenue C

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 4:13 PM

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Sandie Luna and Cacá Macedo from Infinite While It Lasts
(Photo credit: Zach Udko)


In a dimly lit wine bar on the eastern edge of Manhattan, a troupe of seven unabashed performers are steaming up the room...

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A Taste of Rio's Finest

(3) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 2:34 PM

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Confeitaria Colombo in Downtown Rio de Janeiro


Between the dramatic mountains and white sands of Rio de Janeiro lurks one of Brazil's most baffling mysteries: How does a diet so rich in meat, rice, cheese, and cream produce a country filled with...

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Inhotim: Brazil's Contemporary Art Wonderland

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 2:31 PM

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Nothing can prepare you for the breathtaking beauty of Inhotim, Brazil's best-kept secret for lovers of contemporary art. Nestled in the remote southeastern town of Brumadinho (a 90-minute drive from the city of Belo Horizonte), Inhotim (pronounced IN-YO-TCHEEN) offers visitors a full-sensory unparalleled...
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A Taste of Paula Deen's Potential Music Career

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 4:14 PM

With rumors swirling that Paula Deen may be joining the cast of Dancing with the Stars next season, let's consider what could be next for the disgraced deep-frying diva. A fitness DVD? A gig hosting the BET Awards? Or better yet: perhaps a career in pop music?

We...

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Film Review: Rio 2096 Glides Across Six Centuries of Brazil

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 12:04 PM

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Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury (Photo courtesy of Buruti Films)


As summer heats up, our thirst for films about futuristic freedom fighters shows no sign of abating. We've already survived three Hollywood versions of the end of the...

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Highlights From the Tribeca Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 5:59 PM

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Elaine Stritch in a scene from Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. Photo Courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival.


Fraud, redemption, suicide, fear of failure, the ineluctable dance with death, alcoholism, and the addictive joy of creating art -- these are a few...

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How to Love and Live With an Artist

(3) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 5:32 PM

In her "Artist's Life Manifesto," legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic offers this advice:

An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist.
An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist.
An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist.

Her fervent insistence on...

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Breaking Through After Coming Out: A Conversation With Spencer Day

(4) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 3:01 PM

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When Frank Ocean came out of the closet in July and nabbed two Grammy awards last month, many declared his triumph as a watershed moment for gay performers. If the hip hop community could embrace an out recording artist,...

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The Top 10 Top 10 Lists of 2012

(2) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 5:27 PM

2012 was the year that was supposed to destroy us -- and it nearly did.

After surviving an unparalleled disaster that rocked us to our core (Lindsay Lohan in Liz & Dick), we pulled together as a nation of Thelmas and Louises, ready to boldly drive off the fiscal...

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Attention, Camp Connoisseurs: Christmas Has Arrived

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 10:38 AM


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Lovers of camp, rejoice! Your must-have stocking stuffer has arrived just in the St. Nick of time. Presenting Just Me, the debut album by Texan hairstylist-cum-chanteuse Lisa Gail Allred.

Many of you may already be familiar with this one-of-a-kind songbird's glorious...

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The Heiress Inherits a Natural Beauty

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 1:50 PM

Poor Jessica Chastain. After playing Brad Pitt's dazzling wife in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life and a blonde bombshell in The Help, a few nasty voices on the stage of the Walter Kerr Theatre are calling her plain, simple, and witless.

The newly anointed face of

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Review: The Paperboy Delivers Nasty Nonsense

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 12:15 PM

"If anyone's gonna piss on him, it's gonna be me," bawls a peroxide blonde fake-baked Nicole Kidman, as she squats down on the sun-drenched, cherubic face of Zac Efron. A moment this unexpected and tasteless deserves to be canonized alongside anything uttered by the sublime Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls. Unfortunately,...

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Snooki, Romney, and Reason

(10) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 5:26 PM

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Buried underneath the heap of controversy caused by that pesky 47% video sits an equally revealing tidbit from last week's news cycle: Mitt Romney prefers Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi to Alana "Honey Boo Boo Child" Thompson.

During his visit on...

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How to Be Proud

(5) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 1:25 PM


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I used to associate Pride parades with shameless displays of sweaty skin, manorexia, and binge drinking; pierced leather daddies; shabby attempts at drag; and criminally overpriced parties. Thankfully, Manchester, England, has rescued me from these stale stereotypes and shown me that Pride...

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Review: Little Birds Never Soars High

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 3:02 PM

Little Birds is a tragic tale in which the poor stay poor, government stays out of the business of welfare, and a legitimate rape at the film's climax does not lead to pregnancy. What a perfect film to accompany this week's GOP convention! Too bad it's a morbid bore that...

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Review: Sleepwalk With Me Works Like a Dream

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 4:52 PM

After winning us back with Midnight in Paris and earning his first Oscar in 25 years, Woody Allen assaulted audiences with one of the more tedious, inane, lifeless films of his entire career this summer: To Rome With Love. The workaholic director (who has been reliably churning out a feature...

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Why You Should Embrace This Summer's Worst Film

(13) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 11:28 AM

When archeologists attempt to understand the values of a culture, the trash they unearth often provides the most revealing clues. And so, as we approach the dog days of a summer dominated by chicken friction, let us take the pulse of our nation's attitude toward gay Americans by diving into...

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