My friend was so sure I'd love Drew Droege's one-man show Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, directed by Michael Urie, that he aggressively bought me a ticket and escorted me to the Soho Playhouse to ensure that I'd stop blogging for an evening and get this thing watched.
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As many times as I have seen Moore in the public square, it's never sunk in how brashly entertaining he is. Just standing onstage talking, he displays a true gift for storytelling outside the medium of film.
He also lays off any Hillary bashing, even though some of the audience probably would have eaten it up ...
Is this Laura Dern, Miss Laura Dern? Bruce! Bruce Dern. Are you taking all of Laura's calls? Oh, you work for her.
Keep reading for this and some other hot links including Jeff Sessions using the phrase Trump never, ever will ...
Last night, I caught Camp Wanatachi: In Concert, an official selection of the 2017 New York Music Festical (NYMF) — and I'm so blessed that I did!
Keep reading for my take on this weird and wonderful story of girls discovering who they are at Christian camp ...
I had the pleasure of seeing Charles Gershman's The Waiting Game, directed by Nathan Wright, at 59E59 last night, as part of the East to Edinburgh preview of plays heading to the Edinburgh Fringe.
Short — just an hour — it is the mercurial story of two men battling for the moral high ground after the lover they shared, Sam (Ibsen Santos), has long been on life support following a drug overdose. Keep reading for a full review of the sexy gay play ...
Afterglow, S. Asher Gelman's emotional play about polyamory, is ironically titled; Aftershock would be more like it, considering how things go when its central couple splinters following a no-holds-barred threesome with a new pal.
Josh (Brandon Haagenson) and Alex (Robbie Simpson) are a privileged married pair, Josh a director so successful his husband wouldn't have to work if he didn't want to, and Alex an industrious would-be chemist. They've paid a surrogate to carry their presumably perfect baby because they think they're genetically gifted, or so they joke ... or so they say they joke. At one point, Josh says to his husband, “We're young and hot,” in the context of wondering why they don't have even more sex than they already do, and he also marvels at how he's in the best shape of his life.
It's hard to love these guys immediately.
I was able to catch HEDY!: The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, written and performed as a one-woman show by Heather Massie, here in NYC last night.
The show — playing tonight at 5:15 p.m. — benefits the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum's GOALS for Girls Program, which is fitting since its subject is a Hollywood beauty icon who is becoming more properly known for her incredibly important frequency hopping invention.
In the show, Lamarr addresses the captive audience, narrating the story of her life in Austria, rise to fame in Hollywood, her many marriages, and — most importantly — a bit about how her WWII-time invention would go on to become the basis for so much of what we use today, including cellphones, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and many military applications.
As Hedy tells it, her invention could have ended WWII without nuclear weapons had the U.S. taken it seriously at the time. Instead, the government waited until the invention was theirs to use — with no compensation for Lamarr or her co-inventor George Antheil.
HEDY! is an informative piece, albeit one that lacks sufficient drama. Too often, it feels like a Wikipedia entry brought to life. It works best when Massie, who captures Lamarr's kooky grandeur and cerebral air, jokes with the audience, and pokes fun at herself. Was the real Lamarr so convivial? I don't know. But she was definitely ahead of her time.