686 posts categorized "THEATRE"

Jul 22 2021
Tommy Dorfman On Transitioning: I WAS NEVER NOT OUT — TODAY IS ABOUT CLARITY Comments (0)

Tommy-dorfman-boycultureDorfman expressed feeling a responsibility to be visible for queer children. (Image via video still)

Fashion-plate actor Tommy Dorfman, best known for playing Ryan Shaver on the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, has come out as a trans woman in a lengthy interview for Time.

The chat with novelist Torrey Peters begins forthrightly:

We’re talking today to discuss my gender. For a year now, I have been privately identifying and living as a woman — a trans woman.

Dorfman will not change her name, just her pronouns, after having medically transitioned, and stresses that she isn't interested in blowing up her past.

She will next be seen in the Lena Dunham film Sharp Stick — her first project in which she will be playing a female role.

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Jul 08 2021
Women On The Verge Of Roselle Park: Jackie Hoffman Is Back Onstage In Fraught, Funny FRUMA-SARAH Comments (0)

Fruma-sarah-waiting-wings-jackie-hoffman-boycultureThen someone's mother ... (Image by Hunter Canning)

If you haven't seen live theater since early 2019, it doesn't make sense, but you could and probably will do worse than to return to Jackie Hoffman starring in a show about the kind of woman you hope isn't seated next to you on a plane trip.

Hoffman, who is at the phase in her career when she is a presence you feel privileged to see in anything, is marvelous in Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings), a new show by E. Dale Smith that isn't just anything, but that for those of us more than passingly interested in aging and the crap shoot that is life, might be better described as everything. If we were younger.

Set backstage at an almost Jew-free local production of Fiddler on the Roof, in which Hoffman's overbearing Ariana sits in a harness, waiting to be hoisted out over an hour into the show as the ghost of Lazer Wolf's wife, Fruma-Sarah, the play gives the veteran character actress a woman who is more than just a character. In Ariana, Hoffman gets a sardonic, lonely divorcée who married gay and whose passion is live theater, even if it is increasingly unrequited.

It's meta, but it bears mentioning that Ariana is also the kind of meaty part Ariana herself would kill to play.

As she bides her time Fruma-sarah-jackie-hoffman-boyculturewith Margo, a substitute volunteer fly captain (Kelly Kinsella), Ariana spills her guts, slowly replacing them with bourbon from a flask, complaining about her abomination of a rental costume, seething with jealousy over the fake-ass Meryl Streeps of central New Jersey, and eventually veering into deeply personal ruminations about her failed marriage, her troubled relationship with her daughter, her struggle to make ends meet and her dwindling options in the theater.

Ariana's sad-sack speeches resonate with Margo, who is younger but not young, and who is perhaps at the same junctures in her own life when Ariana made the choices she now questions.

As the women compare notes, their stories flesh them out as people who are each at the ends of their ropes — and connected by one, too.

Hoffman mines the complexities of her character expertly, endearing us to her even when she is being self-pitying, morbid or bitter. She gives us all of Ariana, including flashes of resilience, which is why, when Ariana wants credit for not calling her gay ex-husband (which I guess is slightly better than having an ex-gay husband) the F-word, you'll still laugh with her and love her.

Kinsella has less to work with as Margo, but imbues her with empathy as she attempts to corral Ariana's emotional messiness ahead of a six-minute part.

There is often a world of emotion to be gleaned from watching an older woman observing a younger woman, and vice versa, and it is this mysterious world from which Smith draws Frumah Sarah (Waiting in the Wings), an impressively and satisfyingly imagined, performed and staged 75 minutes.

As for Hoffman, who was probably dying for the past year and a half without a stage to inhabit, she picked the right vehicle for creative revival, and in Ariana, she could not have chosen a more interesting ghost to bring back to life.

Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings) runs July 1-25 (official opening night July 8) at the cell theatre (338 W. 23rd St.) Expect to provide proof of vaccination.

 
Jul 03 2021
Timothy Hughes Is Hot As HADES In SPEAKEASY: TIMES SQUARE Comments (0)

Timothy-hughes-revealing-shirtless-gay-1-boyculture(All images by Santiago Felipe)

Live theater in NYC is coming back with a bang, including a sizzling performance of “Getting to Know You” by Hadestown hottie Timothy Hughes in this weekend's Bond 45 (221 W. 46th Street) Speakeasy: Times Square show.

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Jun 25 2021
Harry Hay History + '80s Cemetery AIDS Angel + Documenting The New Castro + SHUT THE FUCK UP, STEPHEN + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: George Michael would've been just 58 years old today. Still shocking to contemplate that loss.

BELOW: Keep reading for Harry Hay and the Mattachine Society, an AIDS angel, Milley trashing Miller and more...

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Jun 24 2021
Gay Chorus Granddaddy Remembered + Madonna's Pride $ecret Is Out + Bipartisan Senate Breakthrough + Jimmie Herrod Slays AGT + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Come follow me on Instagram — you'll like it.

BELOW: Keep reading for a gay trailblazer in the music world, Madonna's secret revealed, a bipartisan breakthrough in the Senate and more ...

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Jun 22 2021
Penetrating Viewing + Trumpian Pride-Flag Crimes + '70s Gay Photography & Books + Madonna Plans A Big Surprise + Twerking From Home + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: NYC in the '70s. What a trip.

BELOW: Keep reading for male-on-male movies, Texas governor's anti-dog outrage, Madonna's plan to make every queen crazy between now and Thursday and more ...

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Jun 15 2021
Buffing It At CAMP MORNING WOOD, A Nudie Musical Not For The Clothes-Minded Comments (0)

Morning-wood-gay-boycultureCamp Morning Wood — where self-loathing isn't optional. (Image by Aaron Cooper)

As the NYC theater scene tentatively puts its toe in the water post-pandemic, it's no surprise that the bawdy musical Camp Morning Wood is taking the plunge early, and with gusto.

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May 21 2021
BROADWAY BARES Dares To Strip Again + LOVE, VICTOR Returns + Lady Gaga Relives Rape, Unwanted Pregnancy Pain + Guardian Angels Tomfoolery + Trans Man Barred From Becoming A Cop + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Giphy-3Vintage, but not ready for Antiques Roadshow, ass by Locky Brownlie (GIF by Matthew Rettenmund)

ABOVE: In honor of the announcement that a virtual Broadway Bares is returning, a GIF from an earlier installment.

BELOW: Keep reading for myriad ways to celebrate Pride, a romantic David Hernandez tune, Gaga opening up about being raped and left pregnant, Season 2 of Love, Victor and more ...

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