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Theater Reconstruction Ensemble Conjures a Wry ‘Hamlet’

Theater Reconstruction Ensemble Conjures a Wry ‘Hamlet’

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Like the gingerly placed lampshade that allows a ghost light to bathe its final scene of battle-weary camaraderie in a calm and forgiving glow, there’s an oddball logic to the fits of madness that play catch and release with four brave souls determined to act the Dickens out of Shakespeare. Performed […]

Sprawl and the City

Sprawl and the City

BY NORMAN BORDEN | “Metropolis” is the culmination of Martin Roemers’ long-standing interest in documenting the growth of megacities — urban areas with populations of more than 10 million inhabitants. Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and the United Nations predicts that by 2050, the number will grow to nearly […]

Phil Marcade Memoir Walks Down ‘Punk Avenue’

Phil Marcade Memoir Walks Down ‘Punk Avenue’

BY PUMA PERL | As I reached the end of Phil Marcade’s upcoming memoir, “Punk Avenue” (May 2, Three Rooms Press), I felt the urge to return to page one and start fresh, both literally and symbolically. I’d been exchanging emails with the author, and had mentioned the laughter and exuberance that hooked me from […]

Russian to Judgment: Comey’s Not Covering for Commander Comb-Over

Russian to Judgment: Comey’s Not Covering for Commander Comb-Over

BY MAX BURBANK | Everybody hates Mondays, but the first Monday after vacation is the worst. That’s pretty much every Monday for poor old Donald Trump, who couldn’t catch a break if it was chained to his ankle and dead. But this Monday? Yowza. It’s still got to be stinging like a shaving cut sluiced […]

Away With Escapism: The 2017 Whitney Biennial Reflects Our Dark Times

Away With Escapism: The 2017 Whitney Biennial Reflects Our Dark Times

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | Marking its first installment in the museum’s new home in the Meatpacking District, the Whitney Biennial is as comprehensive as it is eclectic. Curated by Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks, who are both in their mid-30s, it reflects the result of several months’ worth of research and studio visits. There are 63 participants in total and […]

Buoyed by Drag, Yma Sumac’s Silenced Voice Soars Again

Buoyed by Drag, Yma Sumac’s Silenced Voice Soars Again

BY GERALD BUSBY | “The Legend of Yma Sumac,” which opened March 15 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, is as exotic and surprising as its subject. Born Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo, Yma Sumac (early 1920s–2008) was a Peruvian woman with prodigious vocal gifts. Her pinpoint intonation that covered five octaves, along with her […]

UCB House Teams Are Serious About the Business of Comedy

UCB House Teams Are Serious About the Business of Comedy

BY SEAN EGAN | “Like a lot of the city, Chelsea has been changing from a collection of strange, dingy spaces to fancy new buildings. And where would you most like respite from that? In a grocery store. But what’s even better than a grocery store? That’s right, a basement. There’s something about a basement,” […]

Current Sessions Choreographs Its Next Move

Current Sessions Choreographs Its Next Move

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | The word “resist” is enjoying an upswing in popularity as of late. For those who oppose the current administration it is a state of mind, a clarion call, a political action, a verb to emblazon on banners, and, of course, a hashtag. But what does resistance look like — how […]

The Liverpool Longing of ‘Penny Lane’

The Liverpool Longing of ‘Penny Lane’

BY JIM MELLOAN | Soon after my family moved from New Jersey to London in the fall of 1966, we started paying a lot of attention to the music, largely through “Top of the Pops,” the half-hour Top 20 countdown TV show that came on the BBC every Thursday at 7:35 p.m. We got to […]

Of Pivots and Paranoia: Trump’s Very Bad Week

Of Pivots and Paranoia: Trump’s Very Bad Week

BY MAX BURBANK | It seems impossible, but only a week ago, addressing a joint session of Congress, Donald Trump was riding high. Ascending the human scaffold of a Navy Seal widow, the president achieved what one-time Trump critic Van Jones called “One of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics, […]