BY Brandon Voss
September 14 2011 12:20 PM ET
Mildly rebellious teen Isabelle’s pot-fueled dalliance with her father’s young campaign manager is at the heart of Anna Kerrigan’s sweet and simple coming-of-age comedy about a Catholic family in 1970, but the play’s most disquieting revelation is that her icy mother — a Mad Men-ready Christa Scott-Reed — may be in love with her longtime best friend, Sister Connie, a nun who has just landed in the hospital after a traffic accident.
Second Stage Theatre Uptown, closed August 27.
Summer Shorts 5
This year’s Summer Shorts festival included new works by playwrights such as Christopher Durang, Neil LaBute, and José Rivera. In gay Big Love cocreator Will Scheffer’s intriguing and very personal contribution, The Green Book, The Little Dog Laughed’s Neal Huff and Trick’s ageless Christian Campbell starred as a gay couple who visit one’s mother, a Holocaust survivor whose guilty secrets are hidden by her dementia.
59E59 Theaters, closed September 3.
The Amoralists have checked in to a hotel room for their titillating site-specific double feature: In Adam Rapp’s Animals and Plants, a mysterious young woman visits two drug runners in an Appalachian blizzard; in Derek Ahonen’s Pink Knees on Pale Skin, undersexed married couples consult a doctor who facilitates organized orgies. Major male nudity and an audience of 20 make the intimacy thrillingly and unforgettably unsettling.
Gershwin Hotel, through September 19.
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