Author: Michael Hillyer

Hello, Again — Film Review

Hello, Again, Tom Gustafson’s film version of Michael John LaChiusa’s 1993 musical (itself an adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s 1900 play La Ronde), is yet another example of why it is so difficult for musicals to translate to the screen, but it is certain to add a new perspective to the debate, to put it mildly. A series of vignettes marking the sexual encounters of ten characters, Hello, Again begins, as does La Ronde, with an exterior episode  between a soldier and a streetwalker. Scene two, the soldier couples with a nurse; scene three, the nurse with a student, scene...

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As You Like It

By Michael Hillyer There is a fleeting moment, not too far into John Doyle’s stripped-down, intermission-less production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, now playing through October 22nd at the Classic Stage Company on East 13th Street, where all of one’s hopes are realized. That is when Ellen Burstyn, as Jacques, begins the speech, “All the world’s a stage,” and everything else just simply stops. Nothing else matters; you could hear a pin drop. This is what we came to see, and in the time it takes to cross slowly across the stage, Ms. Burstyn’s sadly stoic Jacques...

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Tales From The Trundle

South of Katz’s Deli on Houston Street, somewhere along the narrow urban labyrinth of tattoo parlors, bike shops, slick bars and knish bakeries on the crowded, short blocks that comprise today’s hip lower East Side, there is a private club so private that I am not allowed to mention its name in this article. For the initiated, it has sister outposts in Hong Kong and London, and when one enters into its spare reception area just a few feet away from the leather and graffiti milieu of Ludlow Street at dusk, there is a jarring sense of disconnect. You...

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