Seat Filler: NYC Theater Guide for July 2011

The Advocate’s man on the New York theater scene applauds off-Broadway tributes to Harvard’s persecuted homosexuals, bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith, Greenwich Village’s gay history, and Jodie Foster’s lispy lesbian appeal.

BY Brandon Voss

July 12 2011 7:00 AM ET

1 PIXEL GIF | ADVOCATE.COM

SIDE EFFECTS X390 (MARCUS) | ADVOCATE.COM

Side Effects
In Michael Weller's soapy companion piece to his 2008 drama Fifty Words,Next Fall’s Cotter Smith and Nip/Tuck’s Joely Richardson star as an aspiring politician and his bipolar wife, Midwesterners who really go off the rails when their teenage sons — one of whom experiments with his male roomie at boarding school — have an accident. Despite Richardson’s fierce commitment, it’s far too dull for a play about a woman on the verge.
Lucille Lortel Theatre, closed July 3.

4000 MILES X390 (ERIN BAIANO) | ADVOCATE.COM

4000 Miles
In Amy Herzog’s quietly moving drama, a familial Harold and Maude for the modern age, a 21-year-old hippie finds comfort at his 91-year-old grandmother’s New York apartment after the death of his best buddy on their cross-country bike trip. As the feisty yet fading widow with a Communist past, Mary Louise Wilson of Grey Gardens fame is worth any long journey. The hit play reopens next year at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.
LCT3 at the Duke on 42nd Street, closed July 9.

SPIDERMAN: TURN OFF THE DARK X390 (JACOB COHL) | ADVOCATE.COM

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
How did Broadway’s most troubled musical become coherent? What gave its villains, led by Patrick Page’s evil-queeny Green Goblin, a purpose? After bad press and highly publicized injuries, the webbed wonder welcomed three heroic gay additions to the creative team as Julie Taymor left the production: Playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, director Philip William McKinley, and choreographer Chase Brock came to save the day!
Foxwoods Theatre, open-ended.

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