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Play’s Vision of Integrated Infantry Casts Women Who Saw Combat

Play’s Vision of Integrated Infantry Casts Women Who Saw Combat

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | It was less than two years ago — December 2015 — that the last barriers barring women from certain combat positions finally fell. Now, the new play “Bullet Catchers” envisions a not-so-distant future where women and men officially serve together in the same infantry unit. “It’s been a 70-year journey […]

Linda Lavin’s Fine ‘Farewell’ Returns to Birdland

Linda Lavin’s Fine ‘Farewell’ Returns to Birdland

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  | From cutting her teeth in the cabaret rooms of bygone Gotham to achieving sitcom icon status to her work as a commanding presence on Broadway, Linda Lavin’s career has given rise to more stories than a Midtown megatower — but she won’t be serving up that dish in beach read form. […]

Gaming Fest Makes a Play for Change

Gaming Fest Makes a Play for Change

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | Rescuing the princess is a mainstay of video games, but some developers are out to do more than save a fictional damsel. They want to save the real world. For the 14th year, the Games For Change Festival (G4C) will gather together game designers, researchers, and humanitarians to explore how video […]

‘Jars’ Creator Defies Containment

‘Jars’ Creator Defies Containment

BY PUMA PERL | Several weeks ago, a friend, Clayton Patterson, messaged me, suggesting that I interview Keith Patchel, a recent Acker Award winner in the category of composer/producer. “Keith has been able to make the different switches to stay relevant in the game of staying in the game. Now he’s about to kick everything […]

Oh, Canada! Soulpepper at the Signature Sure to Send You Swooning

Oh, Canada! Soulpepper at the Signature Sure to Send You Swooning

BY TRAV S. D. | “Canada is looking better and better.” If you’re like this correspondent, you’ve been uttering those words daily for months. Now that I’ve been introduced to the work of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company, I am all the more convinced of the rightness of that sentiment. Founded in 1998, Soulpepper has rapidly […]

Tweetin’ Trump’s Thoroughly Modern Maelstrom

Tweetin’ Trump’s Thoroughly Modern Maelstrom

BY MAX BURBANK | Shortly after I turned in this column, Donald Trump Jr. took the still-smoking gun he’d fired a little over a year ago and laid it on his Twitter account. That’s the big story now, another “only story there is.” Yet again. Others will cover it ad nauseam, and I’ll get to […]

Get Out and Stay Out: Weekend Al Fresco Fun

Get Out and Stay Out: Weekend Al Fresco Fun

BASTILLE DAY MILL-ABOUT | Bastille Day is like France’s Fourth of July — except in the ways that it’s not, which are many: It takes place on the 14th; it commemorates the storming of the Bastille fortress and the beginning of the French Revolution; and it will be enjoyed locally with tasty crepes and festive hats […]

A Strong Slate of Strained Relations at the NY Asian Film Festival

A Strong Slate of Strained Relations at the NY Asian Film Festival

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Bullets fly and swords are wielded in plenty of the crowd-pleasing, kinetic selections at 2017’s New York Asian Film Festival — but its deepest cuts come from the sharp tongues of those who know us best. Uneasy questions and murky answers about what makes, breaks, and heals a family are front […]

Thank You, Thank You, Martin Denton, Martin Denton

Thank You, Thank You, Martin Denton, Martin Denton

BY TRAV S.D. | From 1997 through 2014 the New York theatre community, in particular its independent theatre, had an amazing life raft. A pioneering Internet entrepreneur and theatre-lover named Martin Denton, aided and abetted by his mother, Rochelle, wrote, published, edited, coded, and promoted the website nytheatre.com, which featured thousands of reviews, listings, blogs, […]

Drawn to Many Directions: The Mark Beard Effect

Drawn to Many Directions: The Mark Beard Effect

BY GERALD BUSBY When Abercrombie & Fitch opened the doors of its flagship store on Fifth Avenue in 2005, screaming teenagers rushed into the perfectly lit sales rooms. T-shirts and jeans were displayed in flawlessly neat rows on tables near the walls covered with artist Mark Beard’s murals of partly dressed young men in a […]

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