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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
One more kiss One more kiss

Without attempting to rival The New York Times’ enormous celebratory package, your doyenne lauds the golden anniversary of the Broadway opening night of the seminal musical Follies with a selection of parterre box and parterre box-adjacent pieces devoted to this gorgeous monster of a show.

on April 04, 2021 at 1:14 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
Somebody up there likes him Somebody up there likes him

The flawless, classical singing style of Perry Como. Perry Como?

on March 15, 2021 at 11:02 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
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
Stopping by Philly on a snowy evening Stopping by Philly on a snowy evening

As I don’t need to remind you, we are fast approaching the one-year anniversary of COVID quarantine—and for the arts, it remains a scenario of giveth and taketh away.

on February 08, 2021 at 11:47 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
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
The remains of the gay The remains of the gay

This year’s earth-shaking advance in gay cinema apparently was the first inclusion of same-sex couples in “Christmas rom-coms.”

on January 12, 2021 at 10:18 AM
Out of frame Out of frame

In the past when I’ve read through the scads of year-end best lists, there have always been a few titles that I just didn’t “get” but there were more than usual in 2020.

on January 06, 2021 at 10:53 AM
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
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