The Mountains Look Different Score 88%

The Mountains Look Different

Ireland, man.  How is it that its literature can be so full of beauty and doom at the same time?  It is a land exceptional in its capacity to engender sadness. In “The Mountains Look Different” playwright Micheál mac Liammóir has tapped into that peculiarly Irish vein of longing, loss and poetry to craft a daring, uniquely dark tale that keeps you glued to your seat.

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Toni Stone Score 95%

Toni Stone

Marcenia Lyle Stone, aka Tom-Boy Stone, aka Toni Stone was born in 1921 in Virginia.  She grew up in during the depression in St. Paul. She became the first woman (but not the only) woman to play professional baseball with the Negro League.  This is her story.  More than that, it is an iconic tale that should be memorized by every baseball-loving human being, told and retold until women are once again let into the majors.

And I don’t mean maybe, baby.

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Galas Score 55%

Galas

The 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising has gotten a lot of attention in NYC during Pride Month – which, after all, is held in June every year to commemorate that event.  Reviving a Charles Ludlum/Ridiculous Theatrical Company work seems like it would be a no-brainer to include in the festivities.  Ludlum’s body of work from the late ‘60’s to the late 80’s pushed the boundaries of comedy by using wild exaggeration, cross-dressing and pointed satire, but he resisted labels like “camp” or “avant-garde.”  He not only wrote the plays, but most often starred in them (in drag) and directed them as well.  Openly gay, his death in 1987 marked the first front page obituary by The New York Times to mention a death from AIDS. But will a 1987 work translate?

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