Friday, February 26, 2010

A couple of New York Times articles on gay theater

As we prepare to discuss Alan Ball's play, "All That I Will Ever Be," here are a couple of links to New York Times articles that are worth checking out:

Feb. 23, 2010 NYT: "New Gay Theater Has More Love Than Politics" by Patrick Healy. It posits that "A new breed of theater is replacing the political messages of 1990s shows with more personal appeals for social progress." (Thanks, Ken.)

Feb. 7, 2007 NYT review of the Alan Ball play: "When Boy Meets Gay Hustler, Some Personal Truths Are Sure to Emerge" by Charles Isherwood. (Thanks, Glenn.)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Pearls from New Directions

Beginning February 2010, New Directions will release its new Pearl series of small books, including the following titles, each priced under $10:

Patriotism by Yukio Mishima, translated by Geoffrey W. Sargen.

In Search of Duende by Federico García Lorca, translated by Christopher Mauer (poems translated by Norman di Giovanni, Edwin Honig, Langston Hughes, Lysander Kemp, W. S. Merwin, Stephen Spender, J. L. Gili and Christopher Mauer).

Tales of Desire by Tennessee Williams.

Andy Warhol at Theater J

Theater J in association with Jonathan Reinis Productions will present Josh Kornbluth’s performance of Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews? March 6 to 21 in collaboration with director David Dower. The play considers the pop trickster, who was commissioned to paint ten Jewish notables. In wrestling with Warhol’s motives and style, Kornbluth explores his religious identity and the spiritual dimensions of Warhol’s art.