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Anthony Rapp and the cast of RENT at New York Theatre Workshop. Photo by Joan Marcus
Features

Twenty-Five Years Later, Would ‘Rent’ Make Me Laugh, Cry, or Cringe?

In the lucrative quarter-century since its debut, the iconic AIDS musical has been remade, remounted, accused of plagiarism, and politically picked apart. Twenty years since my own HIV diagnosis, what would I think of it?

By Tim Murphy
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News

New Orleans Artist Terrance Osborne Honors the City’s AIDS and COVID Heroes

Osborne’s work depicts New Orleans’ history and activism with vivid color and familiarity.

By Giuli Alvarenga
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Interviews

COVID Is Not Stopping NYC Downtown Icon Justin Vivian Bond From Putting on Their Annual Holiday Show

Filmed live at Joe’s Pub, it’ll stream Dec. 20, capping a challenging but still busy year for the Notorious J.V.B.

By Tim Murphy
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Interviews

Brooklyn Artist Louis Fratino Is Depicting Gay Male Sex and Intimacy in the More Chill Gen Z Era of PrEP

His work strives to honor the legacy of 1980s queer artists, but without falsely “mythologizing” that era.

By Tim Murphy
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Features

The Show Mustn’t Go On: COVID-19 and the Broadway Shutdown

Broadway inspires people everywhere, but we’ll have to wait for its return.

By Charles Sanchez
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Interviews

Write It Out! Celebrates 12 Playwrights Who Are Living With HIV on World AIDS Day

Award-winning playwright Donja R. Love created a program that gave opportunities to people who often face barriers and gatekeepers in the theater world.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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Interviews

Watch This Beautiful Documentary About Longtime Survivor and Choreographer Bill T. Jones’ Most Famous Piece, Produced by a Protégé

Jones’ 1989 dance piece ‘D-Man in the Waters’ displayed stunning vitality and compassion in the face of the AIDS epidemic—and cemented Jones’ legacy.

By Tim Murphy
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Interviews

This New Documentary Beautifully Narrates the Life and Work of Artist and Activist David Wojnarowicz

Watchable online Nov. 11 to 19, it’s a footage-rich look at the output of a rebel icon who died of AIDS in 1992.

By Tim Murphy
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Interviews

Longtime Survivor Eric Rhein’s Art Book 'Lifelines' Marries ’90s Gay Portraiture and Delicate Collage Art

The new tome features gorgeous imagery of Rhein and his AIDS-era friends and lovers, some of whom are no longer with us.

By Tim Murphy
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Interviews

A New Book Explores the Racial Politics of Iconic Artist Keith Haring

Keith Haring’s Line, by New York City scholar Ricardo Montez, both celebrates and critiques the life and work of the graffiti-influenced painter who believed that he wasn’t “white on the inside.”

By Tim Murphy