Logan Tarantino and Topher Rasmussen perform in Plan-B Theatre's 'Adam & Steve and the Empty Sea". Photo by Rick Pollock/courtesy Plan-B Theatre

Gay Mormon characters step out of the shadows

(RNS) Twenty years ago, a gay Mormon character stepped onstage for the first time in Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America.” A lot’s changed since then, fueled by the church’s role in Prop 8 and its efforts to build bridges to gays and lesbians.

Fiona Shaw in a scene from The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín, directed by Deborah Warner.  Photo by Paul Kolnik/courtesy The Testament of Mary production

A controversial Broadway play on the Virgin Mary closes Why?

NEW YORK (RNS) A Tony-nominated play with a controversial take on the Virgin Mary reflecting on her life closed far earlier than planned. Now the question is: Why? After all, biblically themed shows are all the rage on television and in the movies. Was “The Testament of Mary” too controversial – or not controversial enough?