Seat Filler: NYC Theater Guide for February 2011

The Advocate’s man on the New York theater scene found time this February to reminisce with Oscar Wilde’s lover, get an enema from Varla Jean Merman, and strap one on for Tennessee Williams.

BY Brandon Voss

March 01 2011 2:30 PM ET

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40 Weeks X390 MICHAEL MALLARD | ADVOCATE.COM

40 Weeks
Directed by Danton Stone for InViolet Rep, Michael Henry Harris’s promising dramedy clocks the unexpected pregnancy of Angie, a loan-saddled doctor, with Mark, a rejected novelist peddling his new book on the subway. Financial issues aside, Angie is secretly rebounding from a lesbian relationship with a woman she still loves. Harris has a keen ear for honest dialogue, but his choppy scenes might be better suited to an indie screenplay.
The 4th Street Theatre, through March 12.

In the Pony Palace X390 (HUNTER CANNING) | ADVOCATE.COM

In the Pony Palace/Football
Writer-director Tina Satter put a wonderfully weird feminist spin on the absurd passions of high school football by casting women not only as cheerleaders but also as coaches and players in Half Straddle’s hip production. Despite little plot and lots of peculiar teen-speak — Gus Van Sant and Diablo Cody were likely influences — the play scored with stylized dance breaks and a marching band soundtrack of lesser-known Lady Gaga songs.
The Bushwick Starr, closed February 26.

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