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In 1965, Ronald Tavel went from pitchman to playwright to papa of a new theatrical genre — when Andy Warhol took a look at the 22 scenarios he drafted for 16mm film adaptation by The Factory and suggested they be presented on the stage instead. Tavel recruited his younger brother Harvey to direct, then penned […]

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Cast the talent, not the type, goes an old showbiz axiom — and so it went at Metropolitan Playhouse, when the East Village theatrical heritage hawks found themselves scrambling for a replacement production to match their already-hired ensemble. Specializing in early American (almost always public domain) works, Metropolitan was set to revive George M. Cohan’s virtually […]

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BY NORMAN BORDEN  |  Even if you’ve never seen a Tarot deck, visited a psychic to discover “what’s in the cards” or believed in the supernatural, the 24 photographs in Victoria Goldman’s latest exhibition will open your eyes to the imagery and mythology behind Tarot. Goldman’s misty, soft-focus interpretations may also help you understand why […]

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Returning home to Florida from tours of duty in Iraq, three soldiers find themselves in a very different land of sun and sand that has little use for their skills. With big ambitions and no money, Matt, Rick and Oats get together for an “operation” that will either solve their financial problems or destroy their […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC   |  Fresh out of Cooper Union, the School of Visual Arts, Pratt and the New York Studio School, a network of young artists banded together to start a co-operative. Nearly 45 years later, their legacy is being highlighted in an exhibition that showcases work from the late sixties to the […]

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BY SCOTT SITFFLER  |  When a theater critic passes away, those in his workplace orbit don’t normally rush to pen glowing testimonials. Most of them simply aren’t moved to do so, while the rest are too busy jockeying for position on the graveyard backhoe. The reaction to Jerry Tallmer’s death was, like his work, beyond […]

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New York certainly isn’t all it used to be — but what (or who) is these days? Lypsinka comes to mind. After an absence of nine long years, John Epperson’s masterful melting pot of gender illusion, golden age Hollywood glam, highly skilled lip-synching and diva deification is back on the East Village boards. In repertory […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  He wasn’t the first person to pilot a Mississippi riverboat, go west, travel abroad, lose fortunes, give lectures or loathe Congress — but under the pen name of Mark Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens wrote about all of that, and more, in a manner that’s been greatly admired, widely copied and rarely […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  A product of steady hands and a keen eye for the built environment’s capacity to both amaze and overwhelm, Erin Wilson’s “Color Stories” has a backstory familiar to anyone whose residency is tied to their destiny. “It wasn’t my specific goal to live in and make quilts about the city,” says the […]

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BY DAVID NOH  |  It’s incredible, but Lypsinka, that whirling dervish of illusion and the highest imaginable camp — whom I consider as essential a New York figure as the Statue of Liberty — hasn’t been on a local stage in nine years. This has been happily remedied with “Lypsinka! The Trilogy,” running through January […]

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