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‘Butterfly’ Charts Military To Civilian Transition

‘Butterfly’ Charts Military To Civilian Transition

Returning home to Florida from tours of duty in Iraq, three soldiers find themselves in a very different land of sun and sand that has little use for their skills. With big ambitions and no money, Matt, Rick and Oats get together for an “operation” that will either solve their financial problems or destroy their […]

Round Three for Shadow Box Film Fest

BY SCOTTT STIFFLER  |  Whether it’s a primal act of brutality, a virtuoso display of artistry or both is a matter of personal taste — but that hasn’t kept skeptics and hardcore fans alike from cheering during the training montage of “Rocky,” wincing during “Raging Bull” slugfests or shedding tears during that deathbed plea in […]

These Plays Are Totally Ridiculous

These Plays Are Totally Ridiculous

In 1965, Ronald Tavel went from pitchman to playwright to papa of a new theatrical genre — when Andy Warhol took a look at the 22 scenarios he drafted for 16mm film adaptation by The Factory and suggested they be presented on the stage instead. Tavel recruited his younger brother Harvey to direct, then penned […]

Scrambled Plans and a Screwball Solution

Scrambled Plans and a Screwball Solution

Cast the talent, not the type, goes an old showbiz axiom — and so it went at Metropolitan Playhouse, when the East Village theatrical heritage hawks found themselves scrambling for a replacement production to match their already-hired ensemble. Specializing in early American (almost always public domain) works, Metropolitan was set to revive George M. Cohan’s virtually […]

Re-imagining Tarot, from 0 to XXI

Re-imagining Tarot, from 0 to XXI

BY NORMAN BORDEN  |  Even if you’ve never seen a Tarot deck, visited a psychic to discover “what’s in the cards” or believed in the supernatural, the 24 photographs in Victoria Goldman’s latest exhibition will open your eyes to the imagery and mythology behind Tarot. Goldman’s misty, soft-focus interpretations may also help you understand why […]

Diller and DVF’s Gift, Pier55 Park to Rise Above Convention

Diller and DVF’s Gift, Pier55  Park to Rise Above Convention

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  In the single largest gift to a public park in New York history — and the second largest in U.S. history — Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg have pledged $113 million to build a signature “island” off Win what is being billed as a future “world-class public park and performance […]

Win Tickets to Must-See LYPSINKA!

Win Tickets to Must-See LYPSINKA!

New York certainly isn’t all it used to be — but what (or who) is these days? Lypsinka comes to mind. After an absence of nine long years, John Epperson’s masterful melting pot of gender illusion, golden age Hollywood glam, highly skilled lip-synching and diva deification is back on the East Village boards. In repertory […]

Tributes ‘Mark’ Twain’s Birth

Tributes ‘Mark’ Twain’s Birth

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  He wasn’t the first person to pilot a Mississippi riverboat, go west, travel abroad, lose fortunes, give lectures or loathe Congress — but under the pen name of Mark Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens wrote about all of that, and more, in a manner that’s been greatly admired, widely copied and rarely […]

All Around Town, In Squares

All Around Town, In Squares

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  A product of steady hands and a keen eye for the built environment’s capacity to both amaze and overwhelm, Erin Wilson’s “Color Stories” has a backstory familiar to anyone whose residency is tied to their destiny. “It wasn’t my specific goal to live in and make quilts about the city,” says the […]

The Lyp Returns

The Lyp Returns

BY DAVID NOH  |  It’s incredible, but Lypsinka, that whirling dervish of illusion and the highest imaginable camp — whom I consider as essential a New York figure as the Statue of Liberty — hasn’t been on a local stage in nine years. This has been happily remedied with “Lypsinka! The Trilogy,” running through January […]

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