Seat Filler: Best New York Theater of 2013
BY Brandon Voss
December 19 2013 4:55 AM ET
1. Fun Home
“My dad and I both grew up in the same small Pennsylvania town. And he was gay. And I was gay. And he killed himself. And I became a lesbian cartoonist.” So begins composer Jeanine Tesori and playwright Lisa Kron's fresh and uncommonly moving musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's acclaimed graphic memoir. Portrayed by three fine actors at three ages, Alison draws us in as she considers the enigma that was her father, played by Michael Cerveris at his best. Color us impressed.
Public Theater, through January 12.
And Away We Go
An ambitious, passionate love letter to theater, Terrence McNally's century- and continent-hopping new play can be a frantic mess. It's also exhilarating and poignant, particularly when a gay actor succumbs to AIDS before he can perform his dream roles.
Pearl Theatre, through December 21.
In Lincoln Center Theater’s thrilling premiere of Bruce Norris's biting domestic drama, Jeff Goldblum's philandering pol gets a violent comeuppance from a trans female bar patron, fiercely played by Camp's Robin De Jesús in an indelible cameo.
Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, through January 5.
Out actor-playwright J. Stephen Brantley's intimate, insightful drama overlaps the action of a NGO in Malawi with that of a Manhattan florist's storeroom, where sparks and sharp dialogue crackle between a sassy gay New Yorker and a homophobic Malawian student.
West End Theatre, closed.
A sensitive but straight high school freshman is bullied mercilessly because of his two moms in Mallery Avidon's timely and troubling play, which featured the genius David Greenspan as bizarro-fantasy versions of Dan Savage and Fred Phelps.
HERE Arts Center, closed.
Women or Nothing
Out director David Cromer somehow grounded the soapy premise of Ethan Coen's dark comedy for Atlantic Theater Company: A successful, cultured lesbian couple trick a handsome colleague into getting one of them, a "gold-star lesbian," pregnant.
Linda Gross Theater, closed.