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2008 Stories by Brandon K. Thorp

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  • Don’t Call It Partisan…

    published September 18, 2008

    Honestly: Would we Americans actually notice if our votes ceased to matter? According to director Dorothy Fadiman, this isn’t even a... More >>

  • Creative Tension

    published September 18, 2008

    Art’s been looking for symmetry forever — loving it, cuddling it, approaching it, bowing before it wherever it was located. Then came... More >>

  • American Pie

    published September 18, 2008

    If America is a melting pot, then Miami is a bakery, and its neighborhoods are its ovens. What comes out of them is lovely, but so resolutely... More >>

  • When the Satire Is Blunt

    published September 11, 2008

    Dearly beloved, why are you reading a theater review right now? Are you not aware that the country is about to be taken over by a cruel,... More >>

  • New Age Wines for New River Whiners

    published September 11, 2008

    Biodynamism was born in a simpler age, when enemas could cure consumption and sniffing radium could cure almost anything; when American criminals... More >>

  • Celestial Occurrences = Drunk Drumming

    published September 4, 2008

    Nothing stands between a pagan and her party. Which is why the MoonPath chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans at the UU... More >>

  • They’re Takin’ Over!

    published August 28, 2008

    Le sigh. Coffee District (325 NE 2nd Ave) is the kind of place that had to be in Delray, isn’t it? Of course it is. An artsy... More >>

  • Bad Sex

    published August 21, 2008

    Because we live in a beautiful and tolerant world, nobody will come out and tell you that gay theaters suck. But they do. They suck a lot.... More >>

  • Gay. Ish.

    published August 21, 2008

    Not long ago, gay movies were about gayness. In My Beautiful Launderette, two lovers struggled against anti-gay (and anti-Asian) forces in... More >>

  • Nightsticks, Guns, and Other Euphemisms

    published August 21, 2008

    If you wanted to get philosophical about what is, after all, a gay party celebrating a very specific fetish, you might consider this: The scene at... More >>

  • Fuzzy, Fuzzy Fuzz

    published August 14, 2008

    A lot of plays fail simply because they can't find any justification for their own existences. They die quietly, sinking under the weight of... More >>

  • Blood, Sweat, and Canvas

    published August 14, 2008

    Back in the day, the nicest thing about being an Olympic athlete was the art. If you were good, people would paint you, sculpt you, and write... More >>

  • Kevin Pollack Is Someone Else

    published July 31, 2008

    Apart from being talented, famous, and rich, it probably kind of sucks to be Kevin Pollack. Pollack clawed around the far edges of... More >>

  • Use Your Illusion

    published July 17, 2008

    Famed coloratura soprano Florence Foster Jenkins was 44 years old when her singing career began. It started with small recitals for her friends... More >>

  • The Fall

    published July 17, 2008

    Director Tarsem Singh is probably most famous for vivisecting a horse. You remember the moment: it happened in the Jennifer Lopez shitfest known... More >>

  • Body & Soul

    published July 10, 2008

    Why We Have a Body opens with an honest-to-God perfect 15 minutes. The night I attended, it began with actress Ambar Aranaga pointing a... More >>

  • Carnivores With Rhythm

    published July 10, 2008

    That anyone can dance in the presence of Brazilian food is amazing. Americans certainly couldn’t hack it — in the U-S-of-A, most of... More >>

  • The Unsinkable Ship

    published July 3, 2008

    True story: I was in a theater waiting for a play to start. There was an older couple sitting next to me, flipping through the Playbill.... More >>

  • America After Dark

    published June 26, 2008

    We’ve already used this space to tell you how Bill’s Filling Station (2209 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors) has brought Sunday diners back... More >>

  • From Faux Chick to Chick Flicks

    published June 26, 2008

    Wendy Wasserstein is dead, which is a damned shame — now, there’s hardly anybody left in the theater community willing to explore... More >>

  • T(errible)-Wrecks

    published June 19, 2008

    Going to a wake and sequestering yourself with a grief-stricken husband for 75 minutes in the presence of his beloved wife's corpse. Listening... More >>

  • Big Breaks

    published June 19, 2008

    I didn’t have the cash to do my collecting at Art Basel or Art Miami — not even across the street, in that weird little warehouse where... More >>

  • Real Drama

    published June 12, 2008

    The Exceptional Theatre Company is the largest theater company in South Florida, but you've probably never heard of it. It's got more than 200... More >>

  • Judy Blue

    published June 5, 2008

    Watching Tommy Femia impersonate Judy Garland for 90 minutes is one of the better ways to spend a Friday evening. His voice maybe isn't so... More >>

  • Boys, Baseball, Beer and Billiards

    published June 5, 2008

    Sidelines is a fantastic place. A clean, well-lit and perpetually busy spot in Wilton Manors (specifically at 2031 Wilton Dr., right next to The... More >>

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