Seat Filler: NYC Theater Guide for September 2011

The Advocate’s man on the New York theater scene scopes out some short-lived shows featuring repressed lesbian mothers, drag queen ghosts, closeted ’80s misfits, Liza Minnelli impersonators, gratuitous male nudity, and more.

BY Brandon Voss

September 14 2011 11:20 AM ET

 EIGHTYTHREE DOWN X390 (HUNTER CANNING) | ADVOCATE.COM

Eightythree Down
Out playwright J. Stephen Brantley puts a nostalgic New York spin on the in-yer-face theater style with his tense, electric drama — developed under the guidance of the great Craig Lucas — starring Brian Miskell as an adorably awkward closet case who gets a jolt of excitement and empowerment when a coke-addled gal pal drops by his parents’ house on New Year’s Eve of 1983 with a heat-packing sociopath and an aggressive bisexual Brit.
Under St. Marks, through September 17. 

 MAKE LOVE X390 (MAX RUBY) | ADVOCATE.COM  

Make Love
Reviving her piercingly insightful, oddly moving, and indelibly messy 2003 cabaret act to honor the 10th anniversary of 9/11, provocative performance artist Karen Finley loosely channels Liza Minnelli, a symbol of both resilience and New York itself. Don’t overthink Finley’s passionate ramblings; just order a stiff cocktail and commiserate with her, drag artiste Chris Tanner, pianist Lance Cruce, and a rotating roster of Liza impersonators.
Laurie Beechman Theatre, through September 17.

OLIVE X390 (JAMES LEYSNE) | ADVOCATE.COM 

Olive and the Bitter Herbs
Charles Busch’s hilariously absurd comedy starred Marcia Jean Kurtz as Olive, a grumpy Jewish actress best known for some sausage commercials in the ’80s. The zinger-packed Primary Stages production also featured out Frasier alum Dan Butler and Married With Children’s David Garrison as Olive’s neighbors, a quarrelsome gay couple who used to sleep with the friendly ghost — a Phyllis Diller drag impersonator! — in Olive’s mirror.
59E59 Theaters, closed September 4.

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