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The Roots of Desire

September 21, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches For five years now Abrahamse & Meyer Productions, a theatrical company based in Cape Town, South Africa, has been participating in the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, where they made their international debut in 2012. And what a debut it was as they blew audiences away with [...]

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The Oracle of Arias

September 14, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches Joey Arias came to Provincetown for the first time in 1976. He came at the invitation of famed fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez, and the two, along with an entourage of friends, piled in a car and drove from New York to the Cape at a time now [...]

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The Midas Touch

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by Steve Desroches Amber Martin is a one-woman K-tel album with a variety show soul. With a powerhouse voice, a slapstick wit, and a sense of stand up and out creativity all covered in honey-drizzled nostalgia for the 1970s, Martin is a veritable force of nature forging a path all [...]

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Great Scott!

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by Steve Desroches As a young girl growing up outside of Dallas Tori Scott had an innate love for the stage. Dance lessons, vocal coaches, school plays—Scott’s childhood was all about her love for performance. Her natural talent shone through, as did her dedication and passion for theater at such [...]

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A People’s History

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The Historical Fiction of Sally Cabot Gunning by Rebecca M. Alvin There aren’t many people who can track their family histories on Cape Cod as far back as Sally Cabot Gunning. The Brewster writer, who will be a featured guest at the inaugural Provincetown Book Festival, had relatives aboard the [...]

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Queer Across The Years

September 7, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches A lot can happen in a decade. We chronicle our lives by them, be it culture, politics, or personal histories. The Eighties were the “Me” decade while the Roaring Twenties and Swinging Sixties really need no explanation. So when two musicians and performers born ten years apart [...]

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REVIEW: Why Drag? by Magnus Hastings

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by Steve Desroches Will drag ever go mainstream? While it’s been a fixture in the culture of Provincetown in one way or another for close to a century now, the idea of men reveling in femininity still elicits strong reactions in a variety of ways. But most of all it [...]

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REVIEW: Buyer & Cellar

August 31, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches The story told in Jonathan Tolins’ hilarious comedy Buyer & Cellar is fiction.  The audience knows that, as it’s stated in the opening few lines of the play. What is true is that Barbra Streisand has a replica of an old time shopping mall in the basement [...]

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Shock and Awe

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Karen Finley Returns to Provincetown by Steve Desroches Karen Finley captures rage and grace with a resonance that registers on the Richter scale. The artist and writer is perhaps best known as one of the NEA Four and from the free speech debates of the early 1990s. But as time [...]

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REVIEW: Alabama Story

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by Rebecca M. Alvin Shortly after she died in 2000, Emily Wheelock Reed was awarded the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Award, an annual award given to those who have made extraordinary efforts at protecting intellectual freedoms. But in 1959, the ALA was nowhere to be found, declining to [...]

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