The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde's 1895 comedy of mistaken and hidden identities in upper-crust England gets its first Broadway revival since 1977 with the unparalleled comic timing of Brian Bedford, who directs the sparkling production and stars as the formidably judgmental Lady Bracknell. It’s not news for a gay actor to play the juicy role — Bette Bourne and Quentin Crisp famously wore her plumed hat — but Bedford does so with nary a wink.
American Airlines Theatre, through July 3.
Created by star Natalie Elizabeth Weiss and featuring soul-stirring electro beats by Machinedrum, this uplifting and endlessly impressive musical stars Marissa O’Donnell as Jana, a 13-year-old whose pious Christian beliefs get rocked by her unlikely romance with new camper Titi O’Malley, a slutty bulimic nailed by Krystina Alabado. Like Skins meets Saved!, it’s a smart, surprisingly respectful satire of sexuality and spiritual faith.
La MaMa E.T.C., through February 6.