Theater

‘Jihad The Musical’ Hits Edinburgh Stage

Aug 9, 2007
You've heard the hype, now see the show -- or at least its standout number, if you're not currently in Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, we present footage of foolhardy star Sorab Wadia as self-styled megalomaniac Hussein Al Mansour, singing "I Wanna Be Like Osama" in "Jihad The Musical," playing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival until the last week of August.

War and Censorship at Wilton High

Jun 13, 2007
Students at Wilton High School in Connecticut weren't allowed to discuss the war, unless it was with a military recruiter, so they wrote a play about it. "Voices in Conflict," which was quickly banned by the school, has made it to New York where it brought the audience to tears.
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Year of the Queer: Hollywood and Homosexuality

Feb 27, 2006
Truthdig's Larry Gross, a pioneer in the field of gay studies, argues that for all the hoopla surrounding "Brokeback Mountain" and this year's spate of gay-themed films, there is little about them that upends Hollywood conventions or challenges popular ideas about homosexuality. "Hollywood and much of the media may be awash in liberal self-congratulation," Gross writes, "but they--and we--are also soaking in the familiar hypocrisy of homophobia." Update: Down to the WireGross argues that for all the hoopla surrounding "Brokeback Mountain" and this year's spate of gay-themed films, there is little about them that upends Hollywood conventions or challenges popular ideas about homosexuality.