ICONS: Gay and Lesbian History of the World, VOL 1

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: On Stage , Reviews

Ray Romano of Sirius Satellite Radio said, “ICONS is a triumph!” The Columbus Dispatch raves, “Compelling-Broadway-Calibur!”  I attended the one-man show “ICONS: The Lesbian & gay History of the World, VOL 1, written and performed by Jade Esteban Estrada and directed by Jeff Willis, for their third production at the Pantheon Theatre here in NYC. Jade, who released a dance album ANGEL in 2001, has performed is 28 countries and speaks 7 languages, is a playwright, singer, director, choreographer, and spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign. He won the 2002 […]

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Transamerica

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Film , Reviews

Can a road trip movie with a transgender character rise above expectations? Transamerica is the story of a post-operative transsexual named Sabrina (Bree) Claire Osborne, who two weeks before her scheduled male to female sexual reassignment surgery (SRS) discovers she has a son. Toby, a seventeen-year-old street hustler that is currently in jail, phones Bree looking for Stanley — the father he has never met, the man Bree once was.  Bree hangs up and continues making her telemarketing calls. She mentions the call to her therapist, but then quickly dismisses […]

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I AM My Own Wife

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: On Stage , Reviews

I AM My Own Wife is a play about Charlotte, who realized at an early age that “she” didn’t identify with being a he, and it was through a loving grand mother- and a book about transvestism that her grandmother provided —  that Charlotte came to understand and accept her female identity. The writer believed he found in Charlotte “a true iconoclastic gay hero,” by the mere fact that she not only existed, but, did so publicly as a gay transvestite during both the Nazi and communist Stasi rule over Germany and East […]

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The Great American Supperclub – Copacabana

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Interviews , Reviews

It was 5:00 AM and Jerry Lewis just walked into Reubens on Madison & 59th St., his arms filled with the early edition of the NY Mirror and his hat turned backwards portraying the hapless paperboy. He proceeds to sell them table-by- table. He then returned the papers that were unsold and any money collected to an excited paperboy. On this night, as on most nights, the crowd was a who’s who of the New York City nightclub circuit as remembered & told to me by Harriet Weber Wright. “Sometimes […]

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Defining Normal

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: In Search Of

Many years ago, Johnny Carson, being the recipient of a Sally Fields practical joke, looked at her and said, “You really aren’t normal are you?” To which she playfully responded, “Well Johnny, I guess normal is as normal does!” It was a cute punch line and yet beneath the surface made a larger statement. What is normal anyway? How many times have you looked in the mirror and exclaimed, “What’s wrong with me, why can’t I just be normal?” The answer might be that there is nothing wrong with you […]

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