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Fast-forward past the small-town childhood, and the stubborn, insistent facts of an austere upbringing -- an outhouse, no running water ('I promised my mom I would quit talking about it.'). Skip the reproving sign atop the TV set -- If Jesus lived here would you be watching this? -- and the ban on unwholesome music. Start, instead, in the Gulf of Mexico with the bang of an epiphany -- every good story needs one, and Cheyenne Jackson's is a peach.

March 27 2011 8:00 PM

One of the more obscure musicals of the last few decades, Hello Again, is currently having its first New York revival through April 3 at the hands of the adventurous theater troupe Transport Group. With little dialogue and a near-endless stream of song and music, the show weaves together 10 sexual encounters, each occurring in a different decade of the 20th century. Confession: I have long been obsessed with Hello Again, ever since hearing the original cast album in the early 1990s. Here, five things you need-to-know before heading out:

March 23 2011 8:00 PM

Homage, mimicry, tribute, camp: In the grip of Charles Busch, the eminent playwright and drag legend currently starring Off-Broadway in his play The Divine Sister, those notions mingle and mesh hilariously.

The Divine Sister takes place at the convent of St Veronica's, where mistaken identities and a convoluted plot are a godsend -- that is until the show concludes its run, which is currently scheduled for April 30th. Here are four reasons to pray for a ticket before then:

March 16 2011 8:00 PM

Welcome to's new theater column, The Clap. We'll be covering noteworthy productions in New York City, with occasional forays into exciting goings-ons in other cities.

What better way to begin than with the high priest of U.S. queer theater, Tennessee Williams? Banish any visions of the Williams you think you know, though. One of New York City's finest and most long-lived experimental theater collectives, the Wooster Group, has tackled one of Williams's later, thornier plays, Vieux Carr', and the results are smashing.

March 02 2011 7:00 PM

Has any play in the history of American theater wrung such tears from its audience as Angels in America? For those who saw it in the early 1990s -- it was first performed as a workshop at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles 20 years ago next month -- Tony Kushner's epic meditation on the American body politic was as much an exercise in mourning as it was a piece of theater. 'On any given night you would hear wrenching sobs from the audience,' recalls Marcia Gay Harden, who played Harper Pitt, the pill-popping Mormon wife of closeted lawyer Joe.

October 26 2010 8:00 PM

In 1976, the year that Leonard Bernstein shocked no one more than his wife of 25 years when he left her for a male lover, the great composer -- one suspects with a hint of irony -- decided to grow a beard.

October 18 2010 8:00 PM

Over six decades in the theater, Arthur Laurents -- who wrote the celebrated books to Gypsy and West Side Story -- has earned a reputation for honesty. Well, that's one word for it. He called Sydney Pollack an asshole. He said Ethel Merman couldn't act. Sam Mendes? He doesn't have the musical in his bones.

March 16 2010 8:00 PM

Jerry Mitchell built his career reimagining Broadway's biggest shows. He choreographed (and often directed) revivals of Gypsy, La Cage Aux Folles and Hairspray and tackled shows as diverse as Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Legally Blonde. This year he'll go to London for a staging of Blonde and as choreographer of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies (which he'll simultaneously prep for a Broadway bow as well), and a musical version of Catch Me If You Can to open in New York.

April 22 2009 8:00 PM

If you're going to be a drama queen, the best place to do that is on stage. Three of our writers share their favorite shows from New York and beyond. Think they missed one? Fill out a comment and tell us!


Brendan Lemon's Top 10 Theater for 2005


10) The Color Purple
Yeah, it's too long (especially in the second act) and its score isn't exactly memorable, but a tip-top cast lead by LaChanze more than made up for the deficiencies of this Alice Walker'based musical that, because of its lead producers, some people are calling 'Oprah-homa.'

December 27 2005 7:00 PM

In the September issue of Out, we speak with Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order), Adam Pascal (Broadway's Aida), Rosario Dawson (Sin City), and Tracie Thoms, who all star in the screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Rent. (Martin and Pascal were in the original stage show; Dawson and Thoms are new to the material.) The movie, which hits screens just before Thanksgiving, features honest portrayals of gays and lesbians living in New York City's East Village set to a pop rock score.

August 08 2005 8:00 PM