Arts: Performing Arts Features

Bree Klauser’s Quarantale: Breaking thru Performance Barriers

“I always tried to hide my disability when it came to my role as an actor in the performing arts, but when I finally started to embrace that part of myself, that is how I stood out.”

Guest Post by Taylor Beckman

Recently, on a balmy Brooklyn night, I sat on the porch of multi-hyphenate Bree Klauser, learning how claiming her identities in a newfound way has shaped her in her career.… read more.

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Arts: Literary Arts FF2 Reviews

Make Them Feel the Feeling: Candice Wuehle’s ‘Monarch’

A white crown floats on a blue background

A creepy doll-face with pink lips and green eyes; the cover of MONARCH by Candice WuehleI could describe Candice Wuehle’s debut novel, Monarch, in a hundred different ways, each as enthusiastic as the last.

Jessica is a teenager in the “middle of the middle”—her father, Dr. Clink, is a professor at a Midwestern University; her mother, Grethe, sells Tupperware (sort of).

Jessica is like a lot of teenagers—she spends an absurd amount of time studying herself in a mirror.… read more.

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Arts: Performing Arts Features

Horror Catharsis in Findlay’s New Indie Rock Album

The Last of the 20th Century Girls is a record that attempts to perform an exorcism. It is the sophomore album of London-based artist, Findlay (Natalie Rose Findlay). While Findlay is a solo musician, she has longtime collaborators and friends that help her create. Head of the list is her producer, Jules Apollinaire, with whom Findlay released the record TTRRUUCES two years ago.… read more.

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Arts: Performing Arts Opinion/POV

BW’s 2022 ‘Funny Girl’ Revival & the “Star is Born” Glow of Julie Benko

On May 4th (~ 2 months ago), FF2 posted my review of standby Julie Benko’s opening night performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.

Although I have seen many Broadway performances, Julie’s performance was a rare chance to actually see a star being born, and watching her debut is a memory I will always treasure. Since then, Julie has earned many more fans.read more.

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Arts: Cinema Arts FF2 Reviews

‘The Janes’: Inspiring Documentary about Pre-Roe/ProRoe Activism

Directors Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes mix archival footage from the 1960’s with modern-day interviews in The Janes, thereby creating an illuminating and extremely topical documentary. The Jane Collective was a group of Chicago women who provided care to thousands of women in the years immediately prior to the Roe versus Wade decision of 1972.… read more.

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Arts: Performing Arts FF2 Reviews

POTUS on Broadway: Chaos. Comedy. Seven Women Doing It All!

You clean up his messes, you make excuses, you do his job, and then you wake up and do it all over again.

Guest Post by Taylor Beckman

Women with brilliant comedic timing take center stage in the current Broadway hit POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive. This raucously relevant play reminds us of the work required behind-the-scenes to ensure that America’s POTUS – aka the President of the United States – appears in total self-control at all times (especially on camera).… read more.

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