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 1:30 PM ET


CLEAR X390 (Jonathan McPhail) | ADVOCATE.COM

A rousing rock concert and gutsy spiritual adventure, Paul Oakley Stovall's enlightening musical enterprise was loosely based his own journey from retail to White House advance associate. In this fictionalized tale of self-exploration — Obama is replaced by a lovable female candidate, for starters — Stovall also examined his attraction to black-fetishizing white guys, and Brad Simmons was a standout as his “hey, gurl” confidante.
Dixon Place, closed February 19.

NEXT! X390 (Andrea Varga) | ADVOCATE.COM

Inspired by Jacques Brel’s “Au Suivant,” Stephen Gracia’s solid WWII drama featured a variety of soldiers waiting in line to visit a mobile Army unit whorehouse. There’s some “faggot” trash-talking, and some men teasingly try to convince the lone virgin that he’s gay and that the lieutenant — a skeevy voyeur who doubled as an awkward narrator — wants to screw him, but long stretches of gratuitous nudity got no complaints from me.
HERE Arts Center, closed February 19.

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