John Townsend Posts

Captivating “Giant Little Ones” Confronts Assumptions of Erotic Desire and a False Accusation of Homosexual Assault

The rupture of a friendship since childhood of two high school swim team stars is examined in the captivating Giant Little Ones. Josh Wiggins is radiant in the lead role of Franky, even as he weathers […]

Baseball and Opera – Unlikely Bedfellows: MN Opera’s “The Fix” Premieres

When you’re the best baseball team in the game but you’re pitifully underpaid, you can place bets that something’s gonna give. Unfortunately, corruption of the game itself by players and gamblers is never the answer. […]

“Birds of Passage” – The Ominous Rise of a Drug Cartel in the Era of Postmodern Globalism and the Implosion of a Great Woman

“I want to learn how to fly a plane, not ride a horse.” – A young boy in Birds of Passage Birds of Passage (Pajaros de verano) is a crushing portrayal of the tragic shift […]

Timoner & Smith’s “Mapplethorpe” – Hurling Headlong Into the Abyss

“Your photos are quickly becoming a gallery of the dead.” – Sam Wagstaff played by John Benjamin Hickey in Mapplethorpe For those of us who came out and launched our youthful exploration of homosexuality just before […]

Best Comedy Ever by a Gay Man, “The Skin of Our Teeth”, Gloriously Realized by Girl Friday

Author Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) is a paradox wrapped in a mystery. He was aware of the gay subculture of his time and said to have been a lover of men on the down-low. Nonetheless, the […]

Gay African-American Acting Legend Harry Waters Jr.’s Courageous Staging of MN Jewish Theatre’s “Actually” Exposes Formalized Privacy Intrusion

Playwright Anna Ziegler has boldly and brilliantly entered the arena where university panels coerce young students, still in their formative years, to make incriminating statements, often based on erotophobic and misandrist biases of academic interrogators […]

“Falsettos” Re-Emerges as The True 1990s Queer Stage Landmark – The Staggering Lincoln Center Revival Plays the Ordway

“Imaginatively innovative with richly drawn characters” could surely have been the view of those who saw Falsettos when it opened in on Broadway in 1992. The very same can be said of its 2016 Tony-nominated […]

“Line of Sight” Examines Trans Youth Identity in a Time of School Shootings – A Notable New Play Staged by Uprising Theatre

Playwright Shannon TL Kearns (Twisted Deaths) inquires into how trans people interpret and misinterpret behaviors of others in a new play titled Line of Sight. Told through the voice and debatable perceptions of a trans high […]

Sharply Realized “As You Like It” Adds More Crossgender Elements – 2019’s Meghan Kreidler Bests 1982’s Patti LuPone in the Play’s Guthrie Legacy

William Shakespeare’s As You Like It is one of the most popular comedies ever. It also contains perhaps the most beloved crossgender character in theater history: young Rosalind. Her father, known as Duke Senior, has […]

The Guthrie’s Level 9 Turns Queer for the Next Few Weeks

The Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio is developing a reputation as a Go-To spot for performance work out of the traditional mainstream. Two queer-oriented works from outside the Twin Cities play this month. They’re part of the […]

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