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Wednesday
Mar082017

The View UpStairs gets <3 from New York Times & New Yorker

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/theater/the-view-upstairs-review.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftheater&action=click&contentCollection=theater&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

Elizabeth Vincentelli wrote an awesome review of The View UpStairs for the New York Times. Considering it is my first time ever being reviewed by the Gray Lady, I couldn't be more elated & relieved. I'm so proud of the ensemble cast for killing it night after night; it feels great to see them rewarded for their hard work and talent. Nathan Lee Graham, in particular gets an entire PARAGRAPH! It's not news to those who know me, but Nathan's been something of a muse of mine for the last 6 years- I wrote the role of Willie for him knowing he'd chew through every single cunty quip, but a PARAGRAPH? That's how good he is in this show. Attention must be paid, so take heed future legendary children!

While the review is very complimentary & positive, it's not "let's part the skies and have Jesus come down and hand Max the holy f*cking grail" bc it reflects the show I wanted to write, and then wrote. None of the characters who inhabit this world are perfect, and I didn't set out to write a pristine traditional book musical with all the loose threads tied up. Growing up as a misfit and an outcast, I gravitated towards the imperfect, flawed, fascinating, vibrant, queer, cult musicals - shows like Hedwig, Rocky Horror, Follies, Hair. I hope some future artfag 12 years from now discovers the cast recording and sees our production photos & it opens up a whole world to them.

But hey that's not all! Erik Piepenburg of The New York Times also wrote an incredible feature story on The View UpStairs and the nature of pre-AIDS queer spaces being represented in theatre. I got quoted calling Trump a "would be dictator" and then theatre-legend and queer hero Harvey Fierstein, referred to me & set designer Jason Sherwood as "young kids doing archeological work." digging up the past to learn our roots.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/theater/gay-histories-close-enough-to-touch-but-dont.html

Then to cap it off, The New Yorker wrote this fab review for Goings On About Town!!

"colorful, fun, camp, thoughtful, with beautiful sad love songs performed by a soulful ensemble cast."

I could have daaaaaaaanced all night! I could have daaaaaaaanced all night!<3

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