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Going to Extremes

May 31, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

by Rebecca M. Alvin When actress Dana Delany first came to public consciousness it was on the ABC show China Beach back in 1988. It wasn’t how it is now, when television was a highly regarded medium full of exciting innovations in storytelling, great acting, and all the glamour of [...]

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Acting Up and Fighting Back

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by Steve Desroches It is 36 years ago this month that the Center for Disease Control first identified an unusual outbreak of Pneumocystis pneumonia in five gay men in Los Angeles. On July 3, 1981 The New York Times ran a story with the headline “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 [...]

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Comedy in the Time of Trump

May 24, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches Suzanne Westenhoefer is not a political comedian, but she is a political person. She’s also had way too much caffeine and she’s been up since 4:30 a.m. for an appearance on The Stephanie Miller Show, a Los Angeles based progressive radio show that mixes comedy and politics.  [...]

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A Summer You Won’t Be Able to RESIST!

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by Steve Desroches May you live in interesting times.  It’s an English expression thought to have originated in China as an ironic curse. While it seems to be rooted in wishing someone well, it actually refers to periods of instability and high anxiety, and the corresponding rush that accompanies such [...]

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Rock Me Amadeus

May 17, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches Billy Hough was born to play the role of Amadeus. Upon the news that Hough had been cast as Mozart in the upcoming production of Amadeus at the Provincetown Theater, faces around town lit up with a smile of recognition that this was indeed the perfect part [...]

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Secrets & Lies

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by Jeannette de Beauvoir These days, it’s called Angel’s Landing and is advertised as “a delightful place to hang your halo.” But the efficiency condominiums on Commercial Street in Provincetown were purchased and developed in the 1960s by Angela Calomiris, a woman escaping the publicity of having worked undercover for [...]

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The Other Side of Provincetown

May 10, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches It was New Year’s Eve, not Halloween, when Sam Baltrusis says he saw a ghost at the Provincetown Inn.  On a particularly dreary All Hallow’s Eve, the Boston-based paranormal writer and historian followed a ghost tour down Commercial Street, amongst the many costumed revelers causing a ruckus [...]

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REVIEW: Salome

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by Steve Desroches The Provincetown Theater is off to an impressive start this season with their lush and decadent production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome. Channeling the energy of the salaciousness Wilde so reveled in in his 1891 play, this production of Salome surprises with its design, direction, and casting in [...]

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REVIEW: Make Trouble by John Waters

May 4, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

When filmmaker/writer John Waters gave the commencement address at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2015, listeners were treated to a humorous, but also insightful speech that acknowledged both the great privilege of this generation of artists studying in art school and the obstacles they will have to overcome. [...]

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Springtime for Sisi

May 3, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches From Aristophanes to Voltaire to Stephen Colbert satire has long been a cultural tool to take those in power down a peg or two with a laugh. The comic check and balance on authority in any form reaches the masses when their guards comes down as they [...]

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