Seat Filler: NYC Theater Guide for March 2011
BY Brandon Voss
April 07 2011 4:25 PM ET
One Night With Fanny Brice
In gay writer-director Chip Deffaa’s enjoyably educational one-woman musical, the engaging Kimberly Faye Greenberg channels legendary Ziegfeld Follies singer-comedian Fanny Brice. Backed by a tiny live band on signature ditties like “My Man” and “Second Hand Rose,” this friendly ghost knows about Barbra Streisand’s Funny Girl but shares juicy details the film overlooked — like her hanging out with artistic gays on Fire Island.
St. Luke’s Theatre, open-ended.
In MTC’s faultless staging of this new play by Rabbit Hole’s David Lindsay-Abaire, Frances McDormand mesmerizes as Margie, a Southie woman who reconnects with an old beau — The O.C.’s Tate Donovan — who moved on up from their blue-collar Boston hood. Estelle Parsons and Becky Ann Baker are riots as Margie’s pals, and a fine Patrick Carroll is Margie’s milquetoast ex-boss, whom everyone labels as gay for loving bingo.
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, through May 29.