Seat Filler: The Advocate's Guide to New York Theater
BY Brandon Voss
December 22 2011 5:00 AM ET
Maple and Vine
A nifty premise and compelling performances intersect in out playwright Jordan Harrison’s fascinating but problematic comedy about a world-weary couple who join a gated community of 1950s reenactors. Some Men’s Pedro Pascal is a standout as both a gay coworker in the real world and a closeted man acting out period-appropriate sexual repression with a ’50s community leader (As the World Turns alum Trent Dawson).
Playwrights Horizons, through December 23.
Accidentally, Like a Martyr
Perfectly realized by scenic designer Clifton Chadick, a gay dive bar on Manhattan’s Lower East Side is the setting for GLAAD-nominated playwright-director Grant James Varjas’s intoxicating Guinness-black comedy — reminiscent of Tennessee Williams’s Small Craft Warnings — about bickering patrons drowning their loneliness, self-loathing, and secrets. Keith McDermott is outstanding as Charles, the bar’s acid-tongued elder.
Paradise Factory, through January 8.