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Trigger Warnings at the Theater: Should This Be a Thing?

Isn't the whole idea of art to trigger something emotional?

“Making Oscar Wilde”: A Young Aesthete Lectures America

His American tour served him as he wrote the stage comedies that gave him lasting literary currency.

Mike Hot-Pence by Day, VP Mike Pence by Night

After creating a satirical character, actor Glen Pannell never expected to play the real VP.

Mover, Shaker, Dancer: City Council Speaker Corey Johnson

Does NYC Council Speaker Johnson think America can live up to its ideals despite all the horrible tweets and policies coming out of Washington?

Is the Humor of Barry Humphries Out of Time?

The days of performing witless, morally objectionable material under the guise of being "in character" are over.

Hannah Gadsby Just Killed Comedy As We Know It

First she shows how her jokes work. Then you're left appalled at why you laughed in the first place.

Why Time Is Still Ripe for the Fresh Fruit Festival

An act of defiance for 16 years and counting, we need festivals like "Fresh Fruit" now more than ever.

Historian Richard Vinen Connects Our Agitated Era to ‘1968’

Remembering when America provided a model for protest around the globe.

Ezra, Henry and a Refuge From Adulthood in ‘Log Cabin’

Gender identity used as a storytelling tool, not as the point of the play.

How Do You ‘Queer’ a Pop Song?

An excellent tribute to a legendary gay dance party raises awesome gnarly questions.

New Documentary Spotlights Drama Behind US v. Windsor

The story behind the story of the most important gay-rights legal decision of our time.

No, ‘The Boys in the Band’ Is Anything But a Period...

Gays may be more comfortable in their sexuality, but internalized homophobia hasn't vanished.

How to Make a Black Man Disappear From Broadway

Here's what Ben Brantley did -- or didn't do -- in his review of "Angels in America" on Broadway.

James Comey, The Boulet Brothers and Other Monsters

Comey sees authority as the essence of goodness; he might have learned a better, more humanistic lesson from horror-drag reality TV hosts.

With ‘Judas,’ Phoenix Rep Revisits the Mark of Robert Patrick

The greatest story ever told, by one of the greatest LGBTQ playwrights ever known.

Peter Hujar Is a Better Photographer Than Robert Mapplethorpe

Hujar’s photos of artists and drag queens, skyscrapers and farm animals, and so much more animate a powerful retrospective at The Morgan.

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Ruined Drag

Drag is, "Drag Race" notwithstanding, about knowing who you are, what society thinks of that and making humor, beauty and art from the mess of it.

Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane Lead a Celestial ‘Angels in America’

To quote Robert Browning: "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?"

On TV, It’s Raining Men: An Alienist and a Versace

Two recent shows were grim and stomach-turning. Why am I bored and ambivalent?

The Federation: Keeping Our Trump-Era Cultural Borders Open

A new coalition urges artists to be louder and more visible than ever.
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