Seat Filler: NYC Theater Guide for June 2011

The Advocate’s man on the New York theater scene takes advantage of May’s pre-Tonys Broadway slump to check out the greatest and gayest offerings off-Broadway: One Arm, Lysistrata Jones, The Illusion, and more.

BY Brandon Voss

June 08 2011 11:20 AM ET

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The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World
Once upon a time, New Hampshire’s Austin Wiggin forced his three awkward daughters to form a rock band called the Shaggs, whose dissonant 1969 album became an ’80s cult classic. This odd footnote in rock history now gets a wonderfully quirky, pitch-perfect musical treatment from Joy Gregory, Gunnar Madsen, and John Langs. Out actor and recording artist Kevin Cahoon is scene-stealer in multiple roles that include a DJ and producer.
Playwrights Horizons, through July 3.

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WTC View
Made into a 2005 film starring Michael Urie, Brian Sloan’s unsettling but entertaining 2003 drama enjoyed an intimate off-Broadway premiere with a limited engagement in the Americas Off-Broadway festival. Among a faultless young cast sharply directed by Andrew Volkoff, Nick Lewis was a revelation as Eric, a gay photographer who must interview roommates for his SoHo apartment after placing an ad September 10, 2001.
59E59 Theatres, closed June 5.

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Lucky Guy
Scheduled to run through July 24, Willard Beckham’s shamelessly corny musical comedy went bust early. Just don’t blame Will & Grace’s Leslie Jordan or drag darling Varla Jean Merman, who were a campy hoot as a car salesman and a country diva trying steal a song from a Nashville newbie played by out hottie Kyle Dean Massey, who, alongside out actress Jenn Colella as a wigmaker, almost stole the show with endless talent and charm.
Little Shubert Theatre, closed May 29.

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