Some theatre choices that are out there right now.
1. In San Francisco check out Taylor Mac’s “Hir” at The Magic Theatre. It holds heteronormativity up to a madhouse convex mirror engendering laughs and painful insights and even some surrealist sentimentality (if that’s even possible.) All things are possible however in Mac’s world. It’s as if Sam Shepard had made love to Kate Bornstein. What results is a queer and pleasant danger of a play.
2. “The Pass” is packing them in at the Royal Court in London. Directed by John Tiffany and written by John Donnelly, the play concerns a gay soccer player brilliantly played by Looking’s Russell Tovey.
3. “After Midnight” is a hit on Broadway. When it opened, Fantasia was the show’s guest soloist. This week that role is being taken over by k.d. lang who is scheduled to perform until March 9. It might seem a bit discordant to cast lang in a revue that is based on the old Cotton Club in Harlem. But if anyone can pull off such discordancy it is this handsome strapping diva.
4. Jonathan Tolins’ “Buyer and Cellar” is continuing its long run in New York off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre. Michael Urie is giving a star-making performance in this hilarious and touching one man show that is ostensibly about Barbra Streisand’s perfectionism and acquisitiveness but is really an examination of celebrity and the need for companionship.
5. Charles Busch is back on the boards in New York in his new play. “The Tribute Artist.” Do you need any more reason other than Charles Busch’s being back on a stage? His newest star vehicle is scheduled to run through March 19th at Primary Stages in New York
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