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Insult Comic Don Rickles, 90, Was Cruel on Stage, Kind in Life

Insult Comic Don Rickles, 90, Was Cruel on Stage, Kind in Life

BY KEITH VALCOURT | When I met Don Rickles in the early 1990s I wanted one thing from him — the same thing everyone he ever met in his 60-plus-year career in comedy desired from the legendary funnyman. Ironically, it was something that most New Yorkers give away for free on daily basis. Money? Nope. […]

Those Who Can’t Do, President

Those Who Can’t Do, President

BY MAX BURBANK | Let’s do a little thought experiment: It’s midnight and your toilet is totally plugged, just jammed up all to hell. You’ll call a plumber first thing tomorrow — but right now? You’re too irritated to sleep. Flipping through the channels, this infomercial catches your eye. It stars some chubby-ass, orange dope […]

East Side Stories of the Famous and Infamous

East Side Stories of the Famous and Infamous

BY PUMA PERL | I’m one of those New Yorkers who loves authentic New York settings. If the Lower East Side is involved, even better. Sitting in the pleasantly funky Metropolitan Playhouse with its artistic director, Alex Roe, I immediately grasp that the backbone of the annual East Side Stories theater festival is its commitment […]

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,” […]