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Sep 23 2018
KINK HAÜS Of Love: A Review Of Gunnar Montana's Queer Extravaganza Comments (0)

KH NY La MaMa Poster-1(Image via La MaMa)

Gunnar Montana's throbbing Kink Haüs, currently playing at La MaMa (66 E. 4th St., NYC) through October 6, is billed as fringe, but I came away thinking it was more mainstream than it realizes — and I think the patron who brought her 12-year-old daughter would agree with me.

Regardless of how out-there or in-here the show actually is, it's an attention-grabbing, joyful gender-romp that is athletically choreographed and a visual smorgasbord ...

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Aug 28 2018
Toxic Femininity — A Review Of Scott Thompson's APRES LE DELUGE: THE BUDDY COLE MONOLOGUES Comments (0)

IMG_5794_newHe wrote the book on it. (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Scott Thompson of The Kids in the Hall fame closed a three-night stand at Joe's Pub in NYC Sunday night with IMG_5817_new  Aprés le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues, an interesting, aggressive set that rounded up pieces from the acerbic, terminally flamboyant character's entire existence.

Some of the older monologues retained their humor in spite of feeling dated,  including once-savage quips about HIV (“First, they said it was from poppers, so I didn't worry because I never used them. Then they said it was in semen. That gave me pause.”), but others felt more relevant than ever, and his newer pieces soared and scored.

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Jun 27 2018
O Decapitation! My Decapitation!: The Bittersweet Art Of Kathy Griffin Comments (0)

DSC08139_newKathy Griffin, who forget to give a fuck (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Kathy Griffin's triumphant return to stand-up continued the DSC08171_new night after her Radio City Music Hall debut with a drop-dead funny set at Carnegie Hall in NYC Tuesday night.

Fitting, since the petite firebrand was opportunistically smeared as being a potential killer by her — our — political enemies, who didn't care that the trickle-down effect would be the lunkheaded Republican rank-and-file treating her like an actual murderer, not to mention a traitor and terrorist.

Griffin, whose set felt like a two-and-a-half gab session with your wittiest, most politically engaged fag hag (she rejects “fruit fly,” as will the poltically correct kids who already hate “fag hag” in a few years — wait for it), seems to have recovered nicely from the public shaming to which she was subjected by Trump and his flying-monkey minions, all over an image of Griffin holding a Trump mask covered in ketchup.

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Jun 26 2018
Happy 83rd, Larry Kramer! Comments (0)

IMG_2085Thank you to Mike Summers for the invite! (Image by Mike Summers)

The indomitable — to put it nicely — Larry Kramer had a great deal of influence IMG_2087 on a generation of gay men. For me, a person barely touched by the AIDS crisis on a one-on-one level, I was nonetheless in his thrall as I read the bitterly funny Faggots, which certainly informed Boy Culture.

So it was a thrill to share air with him again, this time on the occasion of a reading of his 1992 play The Destiny of Me by Eric Bogosian, Ellen Barkin, Gideon Glick, Josh Hamilton, Lee Pace (on his night off from Angels in America), Mark Ruffalo and Edie Falco at the Lucille Lortel.

Scintillating play! So well-observed and such a classic story of growing up gay.

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Jun 24 2018
Booty-Ful View + Cynthia Nixon's Trans Son + Sarah Huckabee Sanders's Unappetizing Encounter + #PermitPatty Strikes Again + GLEE-Fully Naked Blake Jenner + The Beyhive Has No Sense Of Humor + Deleted Divine + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Eugene Simon is perfect, and shows off his rump (Work Unfriendly)!

Below: Keep reading for Keith Laue's booty, Sarah Huckabee Sanders's new diet, Cynthia Nixon's trans announcement, #PermitPatty strikes again, and more ...

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Jun 23 2018
Intergenerational Lust & Love + Four-Legged Madonna + Teen Choice Goes Gay + Death Of A Gay-Rights Legend + Kathy Hearts Stormy + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Matthew Crawford makes a funny, then makes it wearable.

Below: Calvin Klein's love life comes to Broadway, Teen Choice goes gay, this bitch (okay, it's a boy) is Madonna, Madonna's bi love letter,  death of a gay-rights legend, Book of Love came to town, and more ...

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Jun 19 2018
Lean Guys — A Review Of BROADWAY BARES: GAME NIGHT Comments (0)

DSC07186_newJena VanElslander strips Henry Byalikov in “Pinball” (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Father's Day wouldn't be Father's Day without another installment of Broadway Bares, the annual burlesque event founded by the great Jerry Mitchell to raise cash for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. DSC07109_new

Joe Beauregard at left

Even though I'm old enough to be the dad of a large percentage of the dancers, I suppose I can look at them as “zaddies,” or just use the millennial “dad” for anyone hot, regardless of whether they're 18 or 80. (They're usually not 80.)

Buncha Sexy Broadway Bares Posts HERE!

This year's show, Broadway Bares: Game Night, riffed on a theme of classic games — sometimes board (Clue, Battleship), never boring — on its way to raising a whopping $1,875,090 at two standing-room-only performances at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The event was all fun and games, but left out the childhood favorite Risk in favor of encouraging audience members to instead play it safe sexually. 

DSC07519_newIn a Pitfall-inspired sketch called “Video Games,” Matthew Skrincosky was champing at the bit!

Less a game of chance than a game of dance, Game Night was packed with players, strokes of luck, and oodles of team effort.

Yes, You Can Buy This Shit on DVD!!!

It all paid off with a series of performances as successful artistically as they were financially — and all for a good cause ...

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Jun 01 2018
The Men Of INSECURE + Rubio Campaign Chair Likens Obama To Curious George + Aiden Turner Shirtless + Pogo Says His Pulse Cheering Was For Pretend + Feckless C-Gate Rages + MORE! — 12 PACK Comments (0)

Above: The eventual unveiling is going to be a pretty picture. Follow here.

Below: Insecure hotness, the shirtless Poldark hunk, Vienna readying itself for Patti LaBelle, anti-gay Pogo claims he was just joshing' around and is really bicurious (but also loves right-wing nuts), Trump digs in on Samantha Bee, and more ...

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