Author Archives: Theresa Basile

ArticlesA Review of “Bernie and Mikey’s Trip to the Moon”

(This piece was originally published on Manhattan with a Twist on November 27, 2018.) Bernie and Mikey’s Trip to the Moon, playing through December 2nd with the Strangemen Theatre Company at 59E59 Theaters, is the first full-length play by Scott Aiello. A note … Continue reading

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ArticlesReview: Controlling the Narrative in “Escape”

(This piece was originally published on Manhattan with a Twist on October 31, 2018.) “I’m a person.” This line is said by all three female characters in Escape, a new play that just completed its run at the 2018 New York International Fringe Festival. … Continue reading

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ArticlesReview: Divisive Politics and Dead Presidents in “The War Party”

(This review was originally posted on Manhattan with a Twist on October 19, 2019.) In a century where American citizens are bitterly divided over politics and uncharacteristically laser-focused on the upcoming midterms, The War Party (playing for five performances in The New York … Continue reading

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ArticlesA Review of Renee Taylor’s “My Life on a Diet”

(This review was originally published in Manhattan with a Twist on July 27, 2018.) On the night I saw Renee Taylor’s one-woman show “My Life on a Diet,” my plus-one texted me ahead of time to ask if she should “save … Continue reading

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ArticlesReview: Gay Pioneers and Preservationists in “The Pattern at Pendarvis”

(This review was originally published in Manhattan with a Twist on July 24, 2018.) Straight people have a tendency to view gay people as breakers of tradition, or rebels against the status quo. Whether this perspective manifests itself in bigotry and … Continue reading

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ArticlesReview: A Colorful Romance in “First Love”

(This review was originally published in Manhattan with a Twist on June 25, 2018.) First Love, currently playing at the Cherry Lane Theatre, takes place in the surrealist world of Magritte, where a young woman (a magnetic Taylor Harvey) wears a top hat … Continue reading

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ArticlesReview: the Beautiful Intensity of Female Friendships in “Let’s Get Ready Together”

(This review was originally published on Manhattan with a Twist on June 5, 2018.) Let’s Get Ready Together, written by Lizzie Stern and directed by Lily Riopelle, is a story about the friendship between three young women navigating their first semester … Continue reading

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ArticlesReview: Collaborative Energy Shines in “Martyrs”

(This review was originally published on Manhattan with a Twist on May 8, 2018.) Martyrs, a new play at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club written by Romana Soutus, raises a question regarding plurals. The press release and website advertise the play as “a … Continue reading

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Articles‘The Simpsons’ Helps My Family Connect with My Autistic Brother

(This article was originally published on Vice on November 2, 2017.) By Theresa Basile Some siblings show their love with a high five, an inside joke, or a punch in the shoulder. My brother Daniel, an adult on the autism … Continue reading

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Blog PostsAdvice for White Women From a White Woman

There’s something very specific about being a white woman in the United States. We have a privileged status because of our skin color, but experience disadvantages due to our gender. That intersection of whiteness and womanhood makes us convenient objects … Continue reading

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