Seat Filler: Best New York Theater of 2013
BY Brandon Voss
December 19 2013 4:55 AM ET
4. The Nance
Helmed by prolific out director Jack O’Brien, this was out playwright Douglas Carter Beane’s most satisfying play since The Little Dog Laughed. Nathan Lane was born to play Chauncey Miles, a famous burlesque "nance," an effeminate stock character, in '30s New York, where the mayor's begun cracking down on "deviants." His one-liners were priceless, but the breakout star here was Jonny Orsini as Chauncey's younger lover — and not just because of his memorable nude scene.
Lyceum Theatre, closed.
3. The Glass Menagerie
At once stylized and naturalistic, John Tiffany's minimalist direction breathes new urgency into the autobiographical Tennessee Williams masterpiece about a fading Southern belle's smothering commitment to her children. With out legend Cherry Jones as Amanda Wingfield and out hunk Zachary Quinto shattering expectations as moody narrator Tom, who undoubtedly escapes to seedy gay bars, the memory play shimmers as brightly and clearly as sister Laura's lil' glass unicorn.
Booth Theatre, through February 23.
2. Buyer & Cellar
What if the fabled private shopping mall in Barbara Streisand's Malibu basement had an employee? Ugly Betty's Michael Urie owns the stage as struggling gay actor Alex, the diva's lowliest minion, in this respectful but rib-tickling one-man wonder by out playwright Jonathan Tolins. Also subtly inhabiting Babs herself — like buttah! — and various other characters like Alex's bitter boyfriend, Urie proves that you don't need a chorus of drag queens to have a gay ol' time at the theater.
Barrow Street Theatre, open-ended.