Seat Filler: Best New York Theater of 2013
BY Brandon Voss
December 19 2013 4:55 AM ET
10. The Vaudevillians
RuPaul's Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon and composer-musician Major Scales definitely didn't fuck it up as coke-fueled Kitty Witless and her closeted husband Dr. Dan Von Dandy. Recently thawed after being buried in an avalanche, these 1920s vaudeville stars reclaimed their original hits — "Toxic," "I Will Survive," etc. — subsequently stolen after their death. As polished as a Lee press-on, the high-concept cabaret act established the endearing duo as the new Kiki and Herb.
Laurie Beechman Theatre, closed.
Out playwright Chad Beguelin's refreshing, absorbing post-DOMA comedy starred Paul Anthony Stewart and Queer as Folk's Randy Harrison as a somewhat stereotypical gay couple with a seemingly idyllic life. Their financially lopsided relationship is tested when a "poor white Christmas trash" relative and her "van-schooled" daughter drop in unannounced on their picturesque Sag Harbor home, forcing the hubbies to question having a child and the true meaning of family.
Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters, closed.
8. Far From Heaven
Before reuniting on The Bridges of Madison County, Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale were a match made in heaven in this sparkling, sophisticated musical adaptation of the 2002 Todd Haynes melodrama about 1950s suburban repression. Grey Gardens composers Scott Frankel and Michael Korie gifted the radiant O'Hara, as housewife Cathy Whitaker, with a lush, lyrical score, and out bookwriter Richard Greenberg did right by Pasquale as Frank, her closeted, tormented husband.
Playwrights Horizons, closed.