1165 posts categorized "NEW YORK"

Aug 09 2019
Palliative Masculinity: A Review Of SEA WALL/A LIFE Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2019-08-09 at 3.09.59 PMSpecial Playbills from opening night (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

In Sea Wall/A Life, a pair of one-man monologues directed by Carrie Cracknell that opened Thursday, Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal take turns bringing to life two unlikely men for 2019 — men with hearts, men whose brand of masculinity is not intrusive or poisonous, but is instead open and reflective. They are good guys, they are good husbands, they are good sons, and they are imperfect, which makes them even better. Their humility invites the audience to mourn the holes in their souls, created by loss, and to celebrate the dense, sensitive parts unmarred by the voids.

Sea Wall (by Simon Stephens) finds Sturridge holding listeners rapt with a story of a young dad who is happy to have not “it all,” but more than he ever dreamed. It is staged in a simplistic way that nonetheless reminded me of a spare Dalí landscape, filled with clues and foreshadowing. His performance is slightly flat, if charming, but it suits the character, who might be reciting his life's greatest tragedy from within PTSD.

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Aug 05 2019
Coke's Pro-Gay-Ads + Lil Nas X On Being A New Gay Role Model + The Art Of Gayface + NEW YORK POST: Ban Assault Weapons + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Good for Gus, but, like, I never really pictured him as a guy who wore cologne.

BELOW: Keep reading for Coke's pro-gay ads, Lil Nas X on his incredible success, the art of gayface and more ...

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Have A Tennis Ball + THE PROM Wedding + Streisand Zings Trump + 8chan's Former Owner Slams Terrorist-Friendly Site + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Sheer perfection.

BELOW: Keep reading for hot guys, Barbra Streisand and news on the avalanche of mass shooting plaguing the U.S. ...

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Aug 01 2019
Hump Day Came Late + Trudeau Hits Gay Bar + Biden Gang-Banged + Rikers Doc Okayed Polanco's Unsupervised Cell + Mario Lopez Apologizes + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: You know the expression, “Yeah, this ain't it?” This is it.

BELOW: Humping Day, Dems pile on Biden, Trudeau hits gay bar and more  ...

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Jul 31 2019
Hal Prince, Musical Theater God, Dies @ 91 Comments (0)

449acce8f8f6af5c7b9069cae2a02783Patti LuPone, pre-Pose, striking a pose for Hal Prince's Evita. (Image via Broadway Theatre)

In 2008, Hal Prince — who as a producer and/or as a director has touched most of the best musicals of Broadway's past 60 years — said:

I'm totally mindful that nobody will ever have the life I've had in the theater. That's past. And that's damn sad.

Sadly, he was not bragging. Sadder still, he was right. RIP.

FULL OBIT HERE.

 
Jul 30 2019
THE DRAG EXPLOSION Returns For An Aftershock Comments (0)

Unnamed-3Bunny, Misstress Formika, Sweetie, Anna Conda & Tabboo! at the Pyramid Club, 1992 (Image via TheDragExplosion.com)

Linda Simpson, who has been in drag longer than she's been out of it, is hosting The Drag Explosion, an exciting encore of her narrated slidedshow on the history of NYC drag.

She took all the photos herself — and thank Cher someone in those situations did. It wasn't cellphone times, ladies, so Linda's snaps are a true record of some interesting drag history.

It goes back to the '80s, when Lady Bunny was in her eighties!

WHAT: The Drag Explosion presented by Linda Simpson
WHEN: Tuesday, August 13, 2019
WHERE: The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd St., New York
ADMISSION: $10. Pay at door or buy in advance at TheWildProject.com
 
Jul 23 2019
Insta-Stud + Boris Johnson Not Sorry About Anti-Gay Comments + Nick Jonas's Meaty Bod + Gay Classic Returns + RIP David Hedison + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: The deep end.

BELOW: Keep reading for an Insta-stud extraordinaire, anti-gay Boris Johnson takes over the UK and the mobster who was murdered to protect Trump ...

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Swish List — Notes On CAMP: NOTES ON FASHION Comments (0)

IMG_2489Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 6.00.49 PMI wore a nice polo shirt to gaze upon this. (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

If you pay any attention at all to the annual Met Gala, you know that the show it celebrated this year is entitled Camp: Notes on Fashion (May 9-September 8, 2019).

Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 5.38.31 PMSparkle, Neely, sparkle!

The exhibition takes Susan Sontag's seminal 1964 essay “Notes on Camp” as its foundation, drawing on over 250 objects from the 17th century through the present in an ambitious effort to visually define camp — that thing you can't define, but know when you see it.

Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 5.45.41 PMWith friends like these, who needs genitals?

It's a perilous undertaking! I remember seeing my beloved Debbie Harry and John Waters on a talk show more than 20 years ago attempting to illustrate camp, and the best Debbie could come up with was her shoes. It ... left a mark on me.

IMG_0087She's got great cans.

Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 5.31.18 PMCamp Warhol

Thankfully, as famous quotes about camp read by Rupert Everett are pumped in overhead — some insightful (“Camp is a holiday for consenting adults”, some not “Camp is ... Josephine Baker”) — Camp: Notes on Fashion, draped in Pride-rainbow colors, unfolds like a smile, touching on camp's frivolity, as well as its subversion. And it's all within the air-conditioned safety of the Met, no Vera Vice around to poop the party.

IMG_0088The example on top is modern. The bottom (of course) is Judy Garland's from the '30s.

There are still shoes, by the way, but we're talking about incredible, rainbow-under-her-feet wedgie sandals worn by Judy, so they get a pass.

IMG_0070Who is she? Who was she? Who does she hope to be?

IMG_2556How's it hangin'? See for yourself.

I've always leaned toward the charm-school of thought that the truest camp is unintentional, and I'm surprised the concept even works today, when non-binary people freely roam the streets in dresses to express joy, not to induce laughter, but the show takes for granted that intentional camp, as so much of the fashion it flaunts is, more than counts.

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IMG_0080The Paul Cadmus is smooth sailing, but why such a restrained Tom of Finland for a show about camp?

Regardless, I'd love to turn the curators loose on a larger, less fashion-bound show, to see how they'd do defining camp without the sartorial cheat sheets that are Lagerfeld, Versace, Gaultier, Bob Mackie, Richie Rich and a slew of others whose threads were conceived as outrageous.

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IMG_2560Versace + “Vogue” + a reflection of Malcolm McLaren's “Deep in Vogue”

Taking that into account, the show is breathtakingly all-encompassing, giving off the heat of a thousand Project Runways.

Don't miss this, Mary. It's good, in spite of the fact that it isn't awful.

You know what they say — keep reading for more is more ...

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