David Fox and Cameron Kelsall


Telling the world we are not invisible Telling the world we are not invisible

Director Jon M. Chu’s film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights has come around at exactly the right moment.

on June 14, 2021 at 8:54 AM
Ladies of Spain Ladies of Spain

I’ve enjoyed these streamed recitals, warts and all, and always appreciate the chance to watch performers let their hair down, so to speak.

on May 22, 2021 at 5:09 PM
Confrontation, catharsis and crisis Confrontation, catharsis and crisis

One by one, we see the principals arriving at the eerily empty building. Something about watching them—masked and in street clothes, struggling with umbrellas—was almost unbearably emotional for me.

on May 12, 2021 at 11:44 AM
The ‘Drama’ you’ve been craving The ‘Drama’ you’ve been craving

Opera is back, baby, and it’s good to be home!

on May 06, 2021 at 3:34 PM
Monsters don’t die early Monsters don’t die early

Sweet Bird of Youth closes out an undeniably successful decade for Tennessee Williams, on stage and screen, and bisects his body of work, with his mature hits on one side and his experimental, often lambasted later plays on the other.

on March 31, 2021 at 10:53 AM
Original ‘Sin’ Original ‘Sin’

I can safely say that this is the gay drama I’ve been waiting for: a genuinely devastating drama that doesn’t treat its characters like lambs waiting for the slaughter or overdose on weepiness, and a queer narrative that unapologetically centers the queer perspective.

on March 03, 2021 at 12:08 PM
Fascinating but frustrating Fascinating but frustrating

Now, through the auspices of the Metropolitan Opera, we have Sonya Yoncheva—and if anything, the diva-dom has been kicked up a notch!

on February 27, 2021 at 4:28 PM
Forging forward, instruments in hand Forging forward, instruments in hand

Whatever you think of Angela Gheorghiu, she epitomizes a star sound, the kind of voice that’s recognizable within three seconds, and she definitely knows her way around a performance.

on February 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Peyton Place on the Riviera Peyton Place on the Riviera

If The Night of the Iguana is not exactly a day at the beach, it’s not really the dark night of the soul it should be, either.

on February 15, 2021 at 9:25 AM
Wild things leave skins behind them Wild things leave skins behind them

We shared a feeling that writing about The Fugitive Kind was a date with destiny.

on February 03, 2021 at 10:22 AM
Sparkle, Lisette, sparkle! Sparkle, Lisette, sparkle!

Opera Philadelphia Channel invites viewers to revisit a 2015 production of La Traviata, captured on the Academy of Music stage, that’s notable for Lisette Oropesa’s debut as Violetta Valéry.

on January 25, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Everybody is nothing until you love them Everybody is nothing until you love them

Truly, I think it would be almost impossible to overpraise Anna Magnani in a performance that’s absolutely riveting from start to finish

on January 18, 2021 at 1:32 PM
Lady drinks the booze Lady drinks the booze

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: nobody hits rock bottom like Susan Hayward.

on January 04, 2021 at 9:20 AM
I guess that’s why they call it the blues I guess that’s why they call it the blues

The first thing I noticed about Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is how it’s been slimmed down and punched up—clocking in at just 95 minutes, it hits all the marks of August Wilson’s original while smartly settling into a snappier, more focused filmic style.

on December 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM
The gang’s all queer The gang’s all queer

If the original version of The Prom had zazz—to borrow from one of the show’s signature numbers— Ryan Murphy’s adaptation barely achieves fizz.

on December 14, 2020 at 10:36 AM
I soil easily I soil easily

I have to say I struggle with I Want to Live! The camp appeal of it—including Hayward’s performance—is undeniable… yet it’s also a sincere and even important movie.

on November 30, 2020 at 10:00 AM
There’s a speed limit in this state There’s a speed limit in this state

While I would say that the great James M. Cain remains underappreciated as a novelist in literary circles, he’s generally done very well by Hollywood. The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, and Double Indemnity have had multiple film adaptations, and at least one of each is a classic.

on November 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM
‘Morning’ has broken ‘Morning’ has broken

Pretty, petite and forgettable where her predecessor was striking and irresistible, Susan Strasberg doesn’t convince as the headstrong, mercurial aspiring actress who takes Broadway by storm.

on November 02, 2020 at 3:23 PM
Bel canto, from a distance Bel canto, from a distance

I’ll just note that Cameron and I listened separately; we didn’t compare notes; and on our own, came up with the same list of top three singers… none of whom were among the actual winners.

on October 28, 2020 at 11:38 AM
Just turn her loose on Broadway Just turn her loose on Broadway

Beatrice Page is a wonderful fit for Ginger Rogers, who plays it with brassy charm and a laudable sense of humor, since the character seems not to notice that she has aged out of her 20s by a couple of decades.

on October 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Velvet underwhelmed Velvet underwhelmed

“Camp” is exactly the lens through which The Velvet Touch is best examined, including an utterly bewildering cross-pollinating of genres.

on October 12, 2020 at 1:13 PM
Where the boys are Where the boys are

I often think of Boys in the Band as the gay play equivalent of Kern and Hammerstein’s Show Boat—it’s hugely important in theater history, but the politics have become extremely problematic.

on October 05, 2020 at 1:47 PM
A life in the theater A life in the theater

While I’d stop short of calling All About Eve a camp classic, it holds an undeniable and lasting interest for gay viewers.

on September 26, 2020 at 12:44 PM
Dreaming a world Dreaming a world

Fueled by a fierce intelligence, deep earnestness, exceptional eloquence, and social media savvy, Joyce DiDonato is a presence and a power, as much when speaking and thinking as when singing. Who better to imagine a program that would suit this (we hope) unique moment?

on September 12, 2020 at 4:29 PM
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