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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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May 31 2018
Mean Boys: A Review Of THE BOYS IN THE BAND On Broadway Comments (0)

5-Boys-in-the-BandLives of the party (All images — except for Maria, what've you got against her? — by Joan Marcus)

Many things have been written about The Boys in the Band, Mart Crowley's acidic, unsparing look at the jousting within a circle of gay friends attending a 32nd birthday party, and opinions have swung widely from “groundbreaking” to “retrograde.” Some of the gay men old enough to be activists when it bowed treated it like anti-gay propaganda, while some younger gay men simply find it depressing, filled with too many low blows and angst.

Is this what my life will be like?

Even now, as the show opens for the first time on Broadway — 50 years after its premiere ScanOff-Broadway at Theater Four on April 14, 1968 — the positive pre-press it has received is filled with arguments about how it's a period piece that represents the way we were, not the way we are, as writers attempt to persuade still younger gay audiences it is a play that's probably worth seeing as a historical marker if the production is on point.

I think those writers are getting it wrong; The Boys in the Band is not a great play that is of another era, some time-capsule peek at the bad old days and bad old gays, but a great play, period. It was and remains an unflinching look at the unique ways in which many gay men, coached our whole lives by society, pick at each other's emotional scabs, wearing each other down to lift ourselves up.

As Vito Russo once wrote, the play, which came out at a time when most gay representations in the theater and all gay representations on film were dismissive or pathological, is negative, but fair. It's easy to tell it was written by a gay man who understood that testosterone spiked with lavender is still testosterone. Gay men who are friends will not hesitate to be competitive, to be jealous, to attempt to take each other down a notch, to hand off their earrings ahead of a rumble.

Inside the Big Boys in the Band After-Party! — HERE

To the play's great credit, it presents drama-filled gay relationships not as the by-products of abomination, but as the by-products of social pressure not to be gay in the first place. The self-loathing is accepted by the play, but only in the context of the story at hand, and even then, the play's central figure expresses hope that things will improve in the future as he darkly jokes about the only happy homosexual being “a gay corpse.”

V2-Boys-Tuc-Watkins-Michael-Benjamin-Washington-and-Matt-Bomer-in-THE-BOYS-IN-THE-BAND-Photo-by-Joan-Marcus-2018-1All Boys calling

Yes, things have improved in the past 50 years, but whether or not you're familiar with the play, you'll be surprised — as you, hopefully, watch the Broadway revival that officially opened at the Booth Theatre tonight — by just how timely and relevant it still is. 

I would argue that The Boys in the Band is not a crystal ball, and this is no seance; rather, the play is a mirror, so make sure your hair looks good ...

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May 24 2018
Amiss Before Dying: A Review Of PEACE FOR MARY FRANCES Comments (0)

OriginalLois Smith, 87 and still a master on the stage (Image via Serge Nivelle)

Lois Smith is giving one of the most challenging and dynamic performances I've ever seen from an older actor — she is 87 — in Peace for Mary Frances, a new dysfunctional-family drama with black-comic touches that opened Wednesday evening at the Pershing Square Center in NYC.

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