“History does not always repeat itself,” wrote science fiction writer and editor of Astounding Science Fiction, John W. Campbell Jr. “Sometimes it just yells, ‘Can’t you remember anything I told you?’ and lets fly with a club.” That bludgeoning is what it feels like watching Rainbow Theatre Company’s world premiere production of Tim Caggiano and […]
Rainbow Theatre Project presents Stonewall: 50 – new plays commemorating 50 years of change since the Stonewall riots
Rainbow Theatre Project presents Stonewall: 50, a staged reading of new short plays that celebrates the legacy and worldwide changes that started from the Stonewall riots in June 1969. The protests lit the fire for PRIDE, the effects of which are still as vital today as they were 50 years ago. In June 28, 1969, […]
Review: Clothes for a Summer Hotel. Zelda and Scott and Tennessee
In his note in the program of Rainbow Theatre Project’s new production of Tennessee Williams’ lesser-known play Clothes for a Summer Hotel—his last to be produced on Broadway in his lifetime—director Greg Stevens notes that the piece was a critical and commercial flop that drove the playwright further down the path of dejection and substance […]
Jeffrey review. Paul Rudnick’s comedy of love in the time of AIDS
There’s no such thing as love without risk. Risk of rejection. Risk of your partner finding someone else. But for gay men in the ‘80s and ‘90s, at the height of the AIDS crisis, love and sex carried more than just emotional risk—there was physical, mortal danger to be dealt with as well. And so, […]
A look into Rainbow’s In the Closet with its director and actors
“The closet” symbolizes an important moment for many LGBTQ+ folks. It has myriad meanings and significance to the members of the community. Playwright Sigmund Fuchs, through In the Closet, has presented his version of it; a place that bends the laws of space-time in a fun, new and exciting way.
Review: Rainbow Theatre debuts In the Closet, touching, hilarious, thought-provoking
It’s become a truism in the queer community that coming out of the closet isn’t a singular event. And yet, the very expression “coming out” conjures up images of individuals in their teens or early twenties sitting nervously with their friends and family members and tentatively telling their truth, then hopefully being embraced, spreading their […]
Rainbow Theatre Project presents 5 shows in Season 6
The Rainbow Theatre Project, dedicated to producing art which captures the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, will present a five-production sixth season which includes a cabaret and a work from one of America’s greatest playwrights. The season will begin with Siegmund Fuchs’ In the Closet, a story about four gay men, each […]
Gay comedy Top and Bottom (review)
Rainbow Theatre Project’s production of Kevin Michael West’s comedy Top and Bottom contains total male nudity—of both the physical and emotional varieties. What begins as a bondage-filled romp between two strangers quickly evolves into something even more vulnerable. It’s a journey that’s funny and cringe-filled, if not entirely free of a few bumps in the road.
No Word in Guyanese For Me from Rainbow Theatre Project (review)
Much like the photo album that plays a pivotal role in numerous scenes of the play, No Word in Guyanese For Me leaves the audience with poignant images: a pair of Guyanese feet gratefully slipping out of American shoes; timid hands cradling a small doll with natural hair; a sleek scarf snaking sensuously around a leg. […]
Rainbow Theatre Project announces its next season
The Rainbow Theatre Project, whose ambition it is to present “plays and musicals that reflect the unique experiences, interests and history of the LGBTQ community,” has announced a 2017-2018 season composed of two full productions and two staged readings.
Get Used To It! from Rainbow Theatre Project (review)
Before Orlando, this show meant something different. Before that tragedy, a mere two weeks ago – just two days after Rainbow Theatre Project opened Get Used To It! – it would have been easy to think of this 20-song revue as a quaint history lesson, a peek back at the political fights and personal communities […]
Jeff Walker’s Top 10 shows of 2015
Call me an old softy, but I get pretty sentimental during the holidays. As I look back on theatre for the year 2015, my cup runneth over with blessings – performers and productions that touched my heart, delved into my soul or sparked my imagination in a memorable and lasting way.
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