Seat Filler: The Advocate's Guide to New York Theater 

Our man on the New York theater scene checks out Kim Cattrall, Patti LuPone, Jackie Hoffman, naughty gay boy scouts, and a same-sex kiss for Harry Connick Jr.

BY Brandon Voss

December 22 2011 4:00 AM ET

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 Maple and Vine X390 (MARCUS) | ADVOCATE.COM

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 X390 (AHRON R FOSTER) | ADVOCATE.COM

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.

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