Author Archives: Theresa Basile

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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Blog PostsWhat Counts as a Strong Female Character, Anyway?

Yesterday, I saw Spider-Man Homecoming during a matinee at the Alamo Drafthouse. My boyfriend and I laughed and applauded for almost two hours straight through mouthfuls of truffle butter Parmesan popcorn, enjoying, finally, a Spider-man movie that truly embraced the humor in Peter … Continue reading

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Blog PostsBaby-sitters Club: Welcome to Hogwarts

Welcome, girls from Stoneybrook Middle School. I have reviewed your permanent records and determined that you are all eligible to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Five of you are two years behind the typical schedule for a … Continue reading

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ReviewsThe Public’s Julius Caesar: Uneven but Fascinating

  During the first half of The Public Theater’s production of Julius Caesar, two banners of past presidents hang from the rafters on the set. On one of them looms the portrait of George Washington, a man who removed his … Continue reading

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Blog PostsWonder Woman’s Display of the Powerful Female Body

I saw Wonder Woman on opening night in New York. We went with a large group of friends, our seats scattered through the sold-out theater. The excitement in the room was palpable, with women, men, and children eager to see … Continue reading

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