Seat Filler: NYC Theater Guide for March 2012
BY Brandon Voss
March 21 2012 9:45 PM ET
Cowritten and directed by Josh Matthews, David Crabb's freakishly funny one-man show is entertaining enough to convert people who hate solo shows. Candidly recounting his adolescence as a gay outcast who embraces goth culture in small-town Texas, Crabb proves himself a masterful raconteur, skillfully re-creating indelible characters like his annoyingly supportive mother, awkwardly struggling father, and a foulmouthed gal pal.
Axis Theatre, closed March 10.
The Bachelorette’s Leslye Headland scores with her relatable comedy about young assistants working for an abusive boss whom the audience never sees. A Devil Wears Prada without Meryl Streep may not sound like much fun, but out director Trip Cullman ensures that we always feel the tyrant’s hot breath on the necks of a fine cast that includes Yank! cutie Bobby Steggert. It’s also worth noting that Headland used to work for Harvey Weinstein.
Playwrights Horizons, closed March 11.
I Heart Alice Heart I
Writer-director Amy Conroy and codeveloper Clare Barrett shine as aging lesbian couple Alice K. and Alice S., childhood friends who now cohabitate in Dublin. Cleverly told in a faux docu-theater style, this quietly touching two-hander explores a shared personal history that includes infidelity and cancer, but the actresses have a genuine chemistry that makes even the most mundane relationship issues feel extraordinary.
Irish Arts Center, closed March 17.