“I’d like to stare out into the abyss for a while,” says Mable, the domineering matriarch in Sam Shepard’s play Heartless, currently in performances at the Pershing Square Signature Theater. Unfortunately, I felt the same desire stirring in me after … Continue reading


Chaplin: The Musical begins on a high note as the titular character walks a tightrope, struggling to keep his balance while people from his life look up at him and echo the question, “Whatcha gonna do when it all falls … Continue reading

Harrison, TX

Small towns in the South often inspire images of people sitting on front porches, fanning themselves and idly chatting, gossiping about their friends and neighbors.The production of Harrison, TX, currently in performances at Primary Stages, certainly depicts the images of … Continue reading

Cheering for Feminism on Broadway at “Bring It On”

I thought I had left high school behind me. I graduated many years ago and didn’t go to the most recent reunion of my graduating class. But watching Bring It On, the new musical currently playing at the St. James … Continue reading

Not Happily Ever After All – A Feminist Response to ‘Into the Woods’

Be careful what you wish for. That seems to be the message of the Public Theater’s revival of Into the Woods, currently in performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. When it was first announced, this production sounded like … Continue reading

Forced Out of School and Church, Watching Friends Commit Suicide: What It’s Like Growing Up Gay and Mormon

By the age of 18, Ryan Shattuck had crossed several key moments of being a young Mormon man off of his checklist. He had attended seminary classes throughout high school, was enrolled in Brigham Young University for college and was … Continue reading

Slut Shaming on “Pretty Little Liars” – My Guilty Pleasure Takes a Serious Turn

Pretty Little Liars is my guilty pleasure. I am frequently teased for enjoying the show, but I have always considered it to be much more intelligent than its name might imply. Based on a series of young adult novels by … Continue reading


A unique family portrait is being drawn in Slowgirl, Greg Pierce’s play currently in performances at the Claire Tow Theater, the latest addition to Lincoln Center’s performance spaces. The Claire Tow is located on top of the Vivian Beaumont but … Continue reading


The lethargic pace of a sweltering summer in the city can is being shaken by a burst of sizzling energy from Fela! the national touring production of the Tony Award winning musical that is playing a very limited run on … Continue reading

Wallace Shawn’s THE FEVER performed by David Shapiro

A one-night performance of the award-winning play “The Fever” by Wallace Shawn will be presented at Revolution Books as a benefit to save this unique bookstore. When actor David Shapiro introduced “The Fever” to Chicago in 1995, Shawn said, “I … Continue reading