Seat Filler: NYC Theater Guide for January 2011

The Advocate’s man on the New York theater scene sought warmth onstage throughout a snowy January with drag divas, lesbian campers, and tragic Tennessee Williams heroines.

BY Brandon Voss

February 01 2011 5:10 PM ET

1 PIXEL GIF | ADVOCATE.COM

COLE ESCOLA X390 (COULSON) | ADVOCATE.COM

Cole Escola
What if Bernadette Peters covered “Worst Pies in London” as a torch song? With his twisted sense of humor and a cheap red wig, Cole Escola answered the query in his confident solo debut while his Jeffery & Cole Casserole costar is in Hollywood. Directed by Ben Rimalower, the gay Midas of Manhattan cabaret, Escola easily proved himself a wagon-unhitched star by regaling the crowd with drunken anecdotes and stripping to his undies.
Joe’s Pub, closed January 29.

THE WALK ACROSS AMERICA FOR MOTHER EARTH X390 (DARIEN BATES/KANAN SHAH) | ADVOCATE.COM

The Walk Across America for Mother Earth
Taylor Mac dropped out of college at 18 to join a protest march from New York to a Nevada nuclear test site, and the spirited gender-fuck performance artist revisited this pilgrimage with a motley comic mediation on activist folly that included clowning caricatures of radical faeries, militant lesbians, and more. Unfortunately, Machine Dazzle’s ’90s club-kid costumes outshone the story, which soon meandered out of steam.
La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre, closed January 30.

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