BY Brandon Voss
March 01 2011 1:30 PM ET
The Hallway Trilogy
Adam Rapp’s tragic, transcendent trilogy — Rose, Paraffin, and Nursing — is set in one Lower East Side hallway in 1953, during the 2003 blackout, and in a disease-free 2053, when the tenement’s a museum for illnesses. In Paraffin, Guy Boyd’s aging gay tenant beds a young urban trick played by Stephen Tyrone Williams. And a steamy kiss between Nursing’s Louis Cancelmi and Logan Marshall-Green suggests a sexually fluid future.
Rattlestick Theater, through March 20.
Who or what is “Abulkasem,” a seemingly magical name often dropped and repurposed? That’s the question in Swedish playwright-novelist Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s delightful but dizzying comedy, a subversive European hit now getting its U.S. premiere. Portrayed by a fine four-person ensemble, the quirky characters include a gay Lebanese exterminator who, flamboyantly played by Andrew Guilarte, is angered by the U.S. asylum process.
Walkerspace at Soho Rep, through March 13.
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