Seat Filler: The Advocate's Guide to New York Theater
BY Brandon Voss
December 22 2011 5:00 AM ET
An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin
Between a dour “Another Hundred People” opening and a dreary Carousel medley finale, LuPone and Patinkin have a little fun with a romantic song selection heavy on Sondheim, Kander and Ebb — two 70, Girls, 70 numbers! — and Rodgers and Hammerstein. It’s a surreal treat to see LuPone roll around on an office chair, but only die-hard fans need attend; one hoping for greatest hits may be disappointed with all but a brief Evita reunion.
Ethel Barrymore Theatre, through January 13.
Wild Animals You Should Know
Helmed by out director Trip Cullman, MCC’s comely staging of Thomas Higgins’s unsettling and uneven dark comedy goes camping with indiscriminately attention-seeking sociopath Matt (Jay Armstrong Johnson) and openly gay geek Jacob (Gideon Glick), teen Boy Scouts whose sexual exploration — “I’m not gay; you just give good head,” Matt tells lovesick Jacob — leads to the ruthless outing of a gay scoutmaster (John Behlmann).
Lucille Lortel Theatre, closed December 11.