Honey, what’s this? What’s going on? What’s happening? March madness finally made its tooth-marks when Megan Mullally ungracefully dropped out of the upcoming Broadway revival of Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Terrence McNally’s 1991 play about two straight couples spending a summer weekend surrounded by gay men on Fire Island, forcing the entire production to be indefinitely postponed. But worry not, Wilma, because this spring is still shaping up to be the sassiest theater season in years.
I put Next Fall, the first full-length play by out playwright Geoffrey Nauffts, at the top of my year-end Best Queer Theater of 2009 list after its stunning summer run at off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons. Thanks in part to a push by producers Elton John and David Furnish, the poignant dramedy, in which Adam, an atheist, and Luke, a pray-after-sex Christian, meet cute and bicker about their conflicting beliefs, has reopened at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Though one of Broadway’s most intimate houses, the larger space doesn’t do the show any favors: Once-subtle sight gags must now be spelled out, and the cast’s broader, louder performances make some of the sitcom-y jokes — “Whitney Houston hasn’t been fierce in years,” says Luke — feel corny and stale. That nitpicking aside, it’s still the must-see show of the season.