Seat Filler: NYC Theater Guide for August 2011

The Advocate’s man on the New York theater scene relights Rent’s candle, turns Shakespeare gay, watches reruns with Judy Gold, revisits the studs of Mamma Mia!, unearths a Glass Menagerie with a happy ending, and more.




The trend of Broadway shows reopening off-Broadway continues with Jonathan Larson’s rock musical masterpiece, which resets La Bohème in the AIDS-addled East Village. Reinvigorating the show with new visuals and an age-appropriate cast — you betta work, MJ Rodriguez as Angel — original director Michael Greif cements the action in 1991 and brings realism to what was bordering on caricature. Rentheads should be over the moon.
New World Stages, open-ended.

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The Pretty Trap
Cause Célèbre’s New York premiere of Tennessee Williams's one-act precursor to The Glass Menagerie shows a softer, more sober side to the late playwright. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’s Katharine Houghton is a delicious Amanda in this little silver slipper of a play, which focuses — without Tom’s narration and gay angst — on the Wingfield family’s welcome of the gentleman caller, who is actually single and smitten with Laura!
The Acorn Theatre, through August 21.

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The Judy Show – My Life as a Sitcom

I never miss Judy Gold’s stand-up, so believe me when I say that the lesbian comedian is at her best as she looks at her life through the lens of classic sitcoms from yesteryear. Written with Gold’s gay 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother collaborator Kate Moira Ryan, this multimedia musical comedy also chronicles Gold’s quest to get her own sitcom or reality show, a great gay pitch that was criminally declined by Logo and OWN.
DR2 Theatre, through October 22.

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