Outfest 2020 Film Review: Minyan ★★★★

A gay Brooklyn teenager (The Inheritance’s Samuel H. Levine) charts his own sexual awakening and the complexities of his Russian Jewish family in documentarian Eric Steel’s narrative debut Minyan. The work of James Baldwin is certainly in the zeitgeist again as, much like Tomasz Jedrowski's brilliant debut novel Swimming in the Dark, Giovanni’s Room provides... Continue Reading →

The Living Room where it happens – film of Hamilton original Broadway production opens on Disney+ July 3rd

With the Great White Way deserted and shuttered since March 11th, and no official reopening date yet decided, yesterday the Broadway League announced theatres are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for performances through September 6th 2020. There was better news however for theatregoers around the world from Disney, who will fast track... Continue Reading →

Let’s go online with show! Patti LuPone & John Malkovich star in David’s Mamet’s November to support the Actors Fund

Tonight on Broadway the doors may still be shuttered and the lights dimmed, but Broadway’s Best Shows is going on(line) with show. Launching today at 8pm EST/5pm PST, the weekly one-night-only “Spotlight On Plays” series will benefit The Actors Fund. The first play is David Mamet’s November starring John Malkovich, Patti LuPone, Dylan Baker, Ethan Phillips and Michael... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Drew Droege on his new one man show Happy Birthday Doug “I think we’re afraid as queer people to write flawed gay characters”

The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade alum Drew Droege is a much-beloved fixture of Los Angeles' comedy theatre scene. Outside of LA he's best known for setting the Internet alight with his hilarious Chloë Sevigny videos, which give Schitt's Creek Moira Rose a run for her money on how to pronounce the simplest of words... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Coop writer & director Sam Max “the play comes out of a profound sense of isolation, particularly as a queer person”

Playwright Sam Max's Coop, which they also direct, opened Off-Off-Broadway last week at the Paradise Factory in the East Village. Produced by a queer and femme led creative team, the impactful new play stars Latinx, transmasculine actor Lio Mehiel as Avery, a girl who has been isolated from the world and kept in a rigidly... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Composer Paul Englishby on his music for The Inheritance “my feeling was that the music should gently put it’s arm around the audience”

With Matthew Lopez's multi-Olivier winning The Inheritance now in its final weeks on Broadway The Queer Review's editor James Kleinmann spoke exclusively with composer Paul Englishby about creating the play's achingly beautiful music. Scoring for theatre, film, television, dance and opera, Englishby is perhaps best known for his BAFTA-nominated work on BBC's Luther starring Idris Elba. His jazz inflected... Continue Reading →

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