142 posts categorized "THEATRE REVIEW"

Dec 08 2013
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Queer: Unwrapping Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales Comments (0)

Jinkx-Monsoon-Major-ScalesBe careful of Jinkx's Santa claws, Major!

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****

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I can count on one hand the number of drag queens who have felt really important and original, and who have entertained me in a way that went beyond lip-synching a song by a diva greater than herself—people like Divine and Varla Jean Merman have done it, but no one in years, until Jinkx Monsoon came along.

Still on a high from seeing her and her creative partner Major Scales in The Vaudevillians (not only once, but twice), I was lucky enough to be invited to see the duo practically improvise a holiday show at the Laurie Beechman. Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: Unwrapped is what it would be like if hard liquor, douche hoses and the gift of song were considered appropriate stocking stuffers, a good-humored, flirtily tasteless, musically inspired collection of  twisted holiday stories and tunes.

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Dec 07 2013
Need To Know: Beauty King, Witten's Tight End, There Are Worse Things Madonna's Daughter Could Do + MORE! Comments (0)

DecMr Gay2This queen is King of the Gays. (Good choice!)

*widget boy cultureMr. Gay U.K. 2013 is crowned.

*widget boy cultureUnite, an LGBT biz mag, launches with Cyndi Lauper on the cover.

*widget boy cultureAnother way to enjoy OMG Blog.

*widget boy cultureJason Witten uses his tight end to sell jeans.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's Lola slays in Grease.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's ex-trainer REALLY hates juicing. (The other kind.)

*widget boy cultureHot model Pierre Bourricaud.

*widget boy cultureTool from South Carolina won't put flags at half-mast for FOREIGNER Nelson Mandela.

*widget boy cultureHottie Joseph Eid's Housing Works show is a can't-miss on December 17 in NYC.

Joseph-EidHe's only HUMAN.

 
Dec 02 2013
Boy Culture Turns 8: My 100 Favorite Posts! Comments (0)

BoyCultureBlogYou need a little (Boy) Culture!

StripperIt blows my mind to realize that Boy Culture is now eight years old. I can still remember the joy I felt when I figured out how to post, how to upload an image and how to embed a video. I remember every time a post blew up, bringing in hits and new viewers. I remember the longtime commenters, the trolls, the spam and the never-ending (and validating!) pitches and free tickets and photographers' snaps of half- or all-naked male models. 

RuPaul-Drag-RaceShooting for my blog has never been a drag.

Cone-boyI've used Boy Culture to express myself, to help express others and to connect to people internationally.

I've also used it to show off my humor (both high and low), to flaunt my obsessions, to reality-test my sexual diversions and perversions, to laud the art I love, to lash out against the enemies of gay people and to broadcast my admiration for Madonna.

I want to thank you all for having read this blog over the years. It's a very hard thing to maintain, and it will not be maintained forever. But each time I get some positive (or even just meaningful) feedback, each time my posts are shared on social media, each time something I've written elicits a response, it keeps me going that much longer.

Madonna-stepmother-Joan-MDNAMadonna's stepmother was not impressed.

Thank you. Please enjoy my 100 favorite posts, please let me know if you're reading any old ones for the first time and are liking them and, most of all, please share this entire post far and wide to help get my work out there.

**2008 first one 6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54fdddbfd8833-800wiMy first "Guydar" post from 2008.

As always, you can find me on Facebook (personal and blog), Twitter, Instagram and YouTube (plus, here are my YouTube greatest hits). 

ALL ORANGE TITLES ARE HOTLINKS.

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TOTALLY RANDOM LISTS (2011—2013)

I've gotten way into lists. Way. You'll find more of my lists higher up on, uh, this particular list. But the ones that are just completely random go here because I worked my ass off on them, because I love them and because—judging from Quantcast data—you like 'em, too.

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DuranMy favorite Duran Duran member.

POP QUIZ: VIDEOS THAT KILLED (2011)

Totally awesome '80s! Take this visual quiz to see how many classic music videos you can ID.

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Brando-DeanI wish sex tapes had existed in the '50s.

UNDER THE GAYDAR: 10 PEOPLE YOU MAY OR MAY NOT REALIZE WERE OR ARE QUEER (2012)

I got lots of feedback on this, mainly because nobody realized Nell Carter was with a woman at the time of her death.

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DazzlerI would've chipped in to get this one made.

WOULDA COULDA SHOULDA: 5 INCREDIBLE MOVIES THAT NEVER HAPPENED (2013)

I'm shamless for including Leda & Swan, a movie that was a bomb without ever even being made.

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Lizabeth-ScottGreat Scott!

IN & OUT: 25 STARS' FIRST & LAST PERFORMANCES IN FILM & ON TV (2013)

Being obsessed with nostalgia and with movies, this was fun—but so very taxing—to compile. I loved the randomness of it.

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PSBI hate that music has been sleeveless for 20 years.

20 7" SINGLE SLEEVES FROM THE '80S THAT BELONG IN A GALLERY (2013)

Just 20 from my massive collection of 45s. I got rid of my 12" records, but I've kept these guys because they're just too much a part of my childhood.

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Amanda-BlakeAmanda Blake's marriage was a mystery, with both spouses dying of AIDS.

GAY MARRIAGE: CELEBRITIES WHO MARRIED LGBT SPOUSES (2013)

It might've been more efficient to make a list of famous straight people who managed to marry other full-on heteros.

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Mark-MessierThe infamous Gary Coleman/Mark Messier two-shot seen 'round the world.

ODD COUPLES: 19 UNUSUAL CELEBRITY PAIRS (2013)

This post encapsulates my outlook on pop culture and my desire to twist it and play with it...except in this case, its participants are already doing the dirty work.

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Lake-GenevaHaunted House: The family home that haunted Jane and Bill's final years.

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A FIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (2007)

My late mentor's husband struggles to give away his family home.

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POLITICS (2005—2013)

I'm a political person and I blog about it a lot. Some of the entries stand up over time, but many are so of the moment it was hard to pull the ones I like best.

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Kevin-James-Adam-SandlerWhere Kevin James goes, (unintentional!!!) homophobia follows.

TRUNZO IS DUNZO (2007)

Star Magazine implying gay people aren't quite right? Not normal! This took off on several blogs and GLAAD got an apology from Trunzo over it. Some people think it's being "oversensitive," but Jesus...how much clearer is "Man to man" with a huge "NOT" (NORMAL) stamped over it?

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John-McCainIf McCain calls, I'm not here. 

NEW YORK TO McCAIN: DROP DEAD! (2008)

The time I saw John McCain and showed him exactly how I felt. 

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54fdcda278833-800wiThe Clintons practice some black magic 

WHITE MISCHIEF (2008)

When Bill and Hillary decided to use race in the race for the White House.

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Jason-WetheringtonCrist for the mill 

FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR ENGAYGED: DOES THIS COUNT AS "GAY MARRIAGE?" (2008)

Charlie Crist is gay. Really, really gay.

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Hillary-Clinton-guysThere's always 2016... 

HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE GAYS... (2008)

The gay affair with Hillary Clinton.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e554e2e7d28834Hail, Mary, full of disgrace

 SARAH PALIN = SPIRO AGNEW + HARRIET MIERS (2008)

Aw, she'll never last...

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Whoopi-Goldberg-Prop-8Whoopi-tee-doo & Kate, too! 

THE MARRYING KIND (2008)

That fabulously spontaneous anti-Prop 8 march in NYC.

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Barack-Obama"Fierce advocate" was once a taunt, and is now just true.

WITH US OR AGAINST US (2009)

A post from when the Obama Administration was considered almost openly hostile toward gay-rights advocates. I believe he's turned that impression around.

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OBAMA-DADTA good sign

IT GOT BETTER (2010)

The one where President Obama happily signed DADT out of existence.

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Sophie-B-HawkinsAs she lays her career down to sleep...

DAMN, I WISH SHE WOULDN'T DO THISI (2011)

Sopie B. Hawkins GOesProud. I wish she'd GOHome.

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Merv-Griffin-Tombstone_6I live for death!

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OBITUARIES (2009—2012)

I tend to write about almost every celebrity death I hear about, specializing in anyone from the Golden Era. These are two that really blew me away. You, too?

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Farrah-FawcettVery hazardous duties

AND JILL CAME TUMBLING AFTER (2009)

The death of Farrah Fawcett, a woman whose nips decorated my walls before I realized I had no use for them.

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Elizabeth-taylor-bathing-suitEnd credits

REFLECTIONS IN A VIOLET EYE: ELIZABETH TAYLOR DIES AT 79 (2011)

The biggest living star fades out. It's still hard to believe she isn't around anymore.

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Donna-SummerShe worked hard for the money.

LAST DANCE: DONNA SUMMER DIES AT 63 (2012)

I'd spent a long time hating Donna over her alleged anti-gay comments, but that rumor isn't the whole story on her life.

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Barbara-KentGood egg

MAKES SAD FACE, MOVES LIPS, TYPE APPEARS ON PANEL: "THE END" (2012)

I was surprised when no major news services noted the death of the last person to have starred in a silent film as an adult, Barbara Kent.

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Nov 14 2013
You Say You Want A Revolution?: A Review Of STRAWBERRY AND CHOCOLATE...Plus, WIN TICKETS! Comments (0)

Strawberry-Chocolate-shirtless-AJ_CedenoHavana good time, wishin' you were here.

Strawberry-and-Chocolate-logo-playI remember seeing the 1993 film Strawberry and Chocolate on a blind date. Which makes me feel ancient, since it is now regarded as a Cuban "classic" (it was nominated for an Oscar the year of its release as Best Foreign Language Film). The date sucked, but the movie definitely didn't—and now it's being rethought for the theater in a production directed by Tony winner Roger Robinson at 777 Theater in Manhattan.

In the same way that the original film's pleasures are simple—it's wit and nuance that dazzle, not sets and FX—so are the pleasures of this fine production: it's well acted, its characters are direct and the setting is evoked rather than laboriously conjured.

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Nov 12 2013
artRanting & artRaving: Gaga Rises Above (And Flies Over) Bad Press Event, Hosts Amazing Party Comments (0)
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15 LADY GAGA DSC00706I went to one of the most riotously mismanaged press events ever Monday night—and that's saying a lot, considering I've been to hundreds over the past 15+ years, from rinky-dink teen parties to massive, mainstream clusterfucks. But oddly, as horrible as the press part was, the event it preceded went off without a hitch. In fact, the event—Lady Gaga's much-ballyhooed artRave—was really a blast, and would've been even more so had I not been having a bad age day and if I were more in love than in hate with her new record, ARTPOP.

I don't want anyone's "fucking throne" any more than Gaga, but I do expect to be treated respectfully, which was not on the menu.

Hear me out, Monsters, before sending me GRID-infected needles in the mail—and then if you're still not satisfied, hold your venom and just use me for the great pictures.

First, all press needed to arrive by 4:15PM at E. 35th and FDR to board a ferry, which would take us to the secret location, the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This meant it would be a torturously long evening, considering the party was starting at 9PM and rumor had it Gaga was going on around 1AM. But I showed up on time, only to find a gaggle of creatively attired Little Monsters cheerfully lined up on the pier, all hoping their chic sassiness would get them into the party, even without invitations. They were pretty adorable, but like gremlins, do not add water or all hell breaks loose. (I later heard zero fans were allowed into the event, only those with tickets, so it seems inhumane not to have rewarded at least the ones camped out and dressed up.)

The first harrumph came when I checked in, only to be told the PRs had no idea I was going to cover the red carpet, so they couldn't accommodate me. Uh, the event was structured as a press conference, tour of the space, red carpet and then party. Why on earth would I cover everything but the carpet? "I'll try to accommodate you, but it's very full," my contact said, unconcerned. Okay.

10 LADY GAGA IMG_0345 copyGaga is the first woman with a case of blue balls.

ArtpopFerried over, having to listen to some of the photographers being assholes (they're not all assholes, far from it, but they're like the dwarves in Lord of the Rings—very clannish). One woman always acts like Queen of the Event Photogs, relaying info to us like she's our union rep. Unnecessary and presumptuous.

I'm so glad this is not my living. I give much respect to my sweet pal, who was with me but who shall remain nameless so as not to jeopardize his standing in said clan, who manages to do his job without being a jerk and without letting it drive him nuts. (He's nuts for different reasons.)

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Nov 07 2013
Wild Party: A Review Of LA SOIREE Comments (0)

The English GentsThe English Gents...what a body of work!

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: *** out of ****

I was recently invited to something called La Soirée at the Union Square Theater. To be honest, I had no idea what it was, and the invite was sufficiently vague that I showed up with almost no concept of what to expect. Good thing I didn't know it was a cabaret-style, balls-out carnivale with more audience participation than I've ever witnessed in a single show...I might never have gone! But then, I might never have had the pleasure of enjoying this inventive, saucy, old-fashioned romp.

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Nov 04 2013
The End Of The World As We Knew It—A Review Of DISASTER!: A '70s DISASTER MOVIE MUSICAL Comments (0)

Disaster-70sIf I tell you to see this, please don't shriek, "I'll never make it! Go on without me!"

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: **** out of ****

I haven't been more pleasantly surprised by a new show than I was by DISASTER!: A '70s Disaster Movie Musical by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, with direction by Plotnick. I'm not sure what I expected of this pastiche of '70s disaster flicks, but I definitely didn't expect to laugh the whole way through at the kitschy musical's song selections ("Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer, "Sky High" by Jigsaw, and "Knock on Wood" by Amii Stewart are just three of the quinetessentially '7os hits whose words are hysterically tortured into multiple meanings by the gifted cast), props and performances.

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Set in 1979 in a casino on in the Hudson (neat way to circumvent gambling laws...take that, Cuomo Sr.!), DISASTER!, like the movies it sends up, follows multiple ridiculous storylines, including those of a cheesy lounge singer (a glamorously ditzy Michele Ragusa) and her twin son and daughter (hard-working kid actor Jonah Verdon) in a side-splitting dual role), a retired Jewish couple (Tom Riis Farrell and a frumptastic Mary Testa), a down-on-her-luck disco diva (Charity Dawson) and of course our flaxen-haired male and female leads (the gorgeous Matt Farcher and Haven Burton, the latter of whom is conveniently a dead ringer for Airplane!'s Lorna Patterson), he a server at the casino, she the intrepid reporter attempting to report its owner right into jail.

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Oct 29 2013
Monsoon Season Comments (0)

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I was lucky enough to be invited to attend my second performance of The Vaudevillians, the New York Times-approved revue by Major Scales and Jinkx Monsoon, tonight at the Laurie Beechman. JinkxLet me tell you something: They figured out a way to make the show even better, including a fresh opening costume and two encores, one of which was their take on Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance." (Or was it Lady Gaga's whose "Bad Romance" was a take on theirs?)

A number of RuPaul's queens were there out of drag. I would've paid to know what was going through their minds as they watched Jinkx's act. (I wouldn't have paid Pandora Boxx because she obviously enjoyed the proceedings.)

Word has it that Jinkx's album, which will be recorded next month, will include an intro and a song written by the legendary Fred Schneider of The B-52s. You go, "girl!"

 
Oct 22 2013
It's Not All About Hugh, Dear: A Review Of THE SEAGULL Comments (0)

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I was generously invited to see The Seagull, a new take on the classic Chekhov play starring Trudie Styler, playing at the Lynn Redgrave under the auspices of Culture Project. The latter's mission is "socially conscious theater," and they couldn't have picked a better vintage story to retell if they were looking for something timeless...prescient even.

I couldn't get a date for the play, so was doomed to sit alone. It wasn't a full house (Tuesday night and all) in spite of the play's good reviews, making it all the more obvious that Hugh Fucking Jackman (and his wife) was sitting directly behind me. I took a breath and merely smiled, telling them I loved them as I sat down. They thanked me. Smooth. At least I didn't say, "I believe you when you say you're not gay!"

The play began and I have to say that while I was chewing off every fingernail trying to game out how exactly I'd get a photo with Hugh, I was also riveted by the action in front of me.

Seag5Styler and Cox are deeply shallow.

Chekhov's story touches on parenting, passion and even the modern invention of fame in ways that speak to modern audiences more so than most works of its period. A supremely assured Trudie Styler is creepily radiant as a self-absorbed theater actress of some repute, whose socially maladjusted, incest-friendly son "Constantine" (Slate Holmgren), but it was Rachel Spencer Hewitt who knocked my socks off as "Lily," an ingenue so taken with a famous hack writer (a splendidly vapid Alan Cox) she trades away her innocence and her future.

Done in two acts, the sparely but inventively staged piece (kudos to director Max Stafford-Clark and to Thomas Kilroy, who adapted it) never fails to engage, never recedes into antiquity in spite of its old-fashioned dialogue and builds to a climax that's depressing enough to make you want to wear black all the time, just like "Mary" (Amanda Quaid).

Check this out while you can—it plays through November 3.

At intermission, I had turned to Hugh and nervously (I'll admit it) asked if he would mind terribly posing for a photo with me. He looked pained but said, "After?" I agreed happily. So when the show ended (and after a rousing round of applause), he asked me, "You have your camera ready?" I did. His publicist took two shots because he blinked on the first one. I thanked him sincerely and mumbled something about Peter Allen. I thought mentioning The Boy from Oz since we were in a theatrical setting would score me some points. I think I could have brought up his Oprah zipline disaster and gotten about as much traction—he was faultlessly polite but was not about to engage me. Fair enough! Got what I wanted and was excited. Also was excited that he would never know all the trash I've talked about his sexuality. (He must not be gay after all...he didn't ask for my number.)

Hugh-Jackman-Matthew-RettenmundI know, I know...I hate me, too.

Look, it could've been far worse...I could've grasped his legs and begged, "Master me! Master me!" as happens in the play. But I thought better of it because I didn't want to end up as dead as the titular gull.

The Seagull is playing at the Lynn Redgrave.

 
Oct 15 2013
Don't Give Up: A Review Of Grasan Kingsberry's Sharecase Comments (0)
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I've been to a lot of showcases in my day. I remember one particularly grim one that featured a lip-synching (what is the point?) boy band after which I became so violently ill (apparently unrelated to their "performance") that I lost 20 pounds in two weeks and almost died.

I've also been to some mind-blowing showcases, including the one for Jessica Simpson (because it was so monied) and the one for Alicia Keys (because she was so astoundingly brilliant).

Black-and-white-Grasan-KingsberryKingsberry spoke of finally fulfilling his dream of a showcase.

But one of my favorites of all time has to be the warm, masterfully performed one-nighter—called a "Sharecase"—featuring Broadway regular Grasan Kingsberry, which happened all over my heart at the Stage 72/Triad Theater on Monday night.

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