Christopher Correa

Condemned by Gravity’s Pull

It has been said that no photograph accurately depicted the mysterious allure of ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. The cameras of his time were too slow to capture the height of his leap, and stationary images couldn’t reveal the sensual line in his steps. In comparison with his peers-manly acrobats whose role was to support their […]

The Vagina comes again

Somewhere, deep inside, my vagina has a really, really smart brain.” Eve Ensler’s play (it’s actually a staged reading) “The Vagina Monologues” may be the first of its kind to actually encourage keeping one’s mind in their pants. It’s a call to women everywhere to embrace their true center, which happens to be about two […]

A pantheon of politicized porcelin

Let’s just call it what it is-a joke-and be happy that we’re in on it. John Aaron’s “Pantheon of Scoundrels,” a small but strong collection of porcelain demi-dioramas, is now on display at the Zenith Gallery. Few members of the Republican party come away unscathed. The artist John Aaron depicts various governmental figures who, as […]

Let’s see that smile: National’s 42nd Street is a little too cheeky

Prodigious professionalism is no substitute for a heartfelt performance. There’s something uncomfortably chilly about the few dozen chorus members in “42nd Street,” who don’t blink while they mechanically go through their dances like a bevy of mannequins possessed by the spirit of Ginger Rodgers’ legs. It’s as if they each have a personal Mama Rose […]

Insomnia awakens unfettered creativity

“I am an insomniac, so for me the state of being asleep is a paradise I can never reach.” The phrase looms over the new exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts like a prayer to Hypnos, the Greek god of slumber. “But I still try to conquer the insomnia; it is […]

In the midst of a midlife crisis, National’s Alergist’c Wife

Who could have guessed? The reigning diva of off-Broadway fare like “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom” and “Psycho Beach Party” is actually a man. Charles Busch, the cross-dressing grand dame of transsexual satire is trying his hand at writing conventional situational comedy with the touring production of his Broadway play “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” […]

The tragic art of urban decay

Housed in a room with cream-colored walls, the Corcoran’s collection of photographs titled “Joseph Mills: Inner City” is a startling remembrance of an era not too distant. An era of events that have scarred many and a social climate that has become even more severe over the years. Joseph Mills seems to struggle with the […]

Old-School Industrial Art

One of the originators of the “candid camera” technique, Margaret Bourke-White is best remembered as the star photographer of Fortune magazine. She also happens to be the first prominent female photojournalist. A handsome collection of her snapshots now dots the walls of the Phillips Collection in the new exhibition, “The Photography of Design, 1927-1936.” Most […]

Americans are very bad people

The haze of war is especially ominous when eyes are blurred, unable to perceive ensuing atrocity. Eyes cannot discern images obscured by the pain of senseless devastation and the subsequent search for meaning. Imagining an act of war is distressing enough for us all, especially in light of recent events. But experiencing it head-on is […]

Rent is due; and doing well

Those relentlessly tapping feet in the “Lord of the Dance” ensemble, the previous tenants of the Warner Theatre, have nothing on the hard-working twenty-somethings in an exclusive engagement of the Broadway musical “Rent.” The touring production – if not as combustible as the New York show – works like a slow burn, blistering and eventually […]