Seat Filler: NYC Theater Guide for March

The Advocate's man on the New York theater scene breaks down 10 of your best bets Off-Broadway, including a riotous gay-rights drama, a passionate Stephen Sondheim musical, a surreal comedy about Bette Davis, and more.



The Lying Lesson
Carol Kane stars as Bette Davis? That’s all you really need to know about this juicy comedic thriller by out playwright Craig Lucas of Prelude to a Kiss and Longtime Companion fame. When an elderly Ms. Davis — captured in spirit more than impersonated — visits Maine in 1981 to buy an old lover’s house, she finds an awkward new assistant full of secrets. “This play is a damn lie,” Lucas writes in his author’s notes, but it’s also damn funny.
Atlantic Theater Company, through March 31.

Hit the Wall
Tackling the dawn of the gay-rights movement outside Stonewall Inn on June 27, 1969, out playwright Ike Holter's rock-driven drama means well and looks great, particularly its stylized dance and fight choreography. Unfortunately, the stereotypical composite characters — snap queens, Judy Garland-mourning drag diva, butch lesbian, one cartoonishly bigoted cop, etc. — don’t do the riots justice. “I was there,” they repeat, but we never feel like we were.
Barrow Street Theatre, open-ended.

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