Fall entertainment preview: Theater




Season of Shores (National tour through Nov. 19:
Dallas, Palm Springs, Calif.; St. Louis, Nashville,
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Stars Delta Burke and Leslie
Jordan in Del Shores’s acclaimed plays Sordid
and Southern Baptist Sissies in a city near

Kiss of the Spider Woman (New Conservatory Theatre
Center, San Francisco, through Sept. 17) Manuel
Puig’s drama of love and fantasy charts an
unusual bond between two Latin American cell mates: a
political activist and a gay window dresser.

Summer and Smoke (Hartford Stage, Hartford, Conn.,
through Oct. 1) The Tennessee Williams Marathon
continues under Michael Wilson’s direction.

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story (Bailiwick Arts
Center, Chicago, through Oct. 8) A pocket musical by
Stephen Dolginoff based on the sensational 1924 murder

Two Boys in Bed on a Cold Winter’s Night
(Pictured) (The Island Repertory Theatre Company,
Cherry Grove, Fire Island, N.Y., through Sept. 17)
David Drake directs a revival of James Edwin Parker’s
romantic drama about two gay men in New York who spend
a life-changing evening together.

The Museum Play (Washington Ensemble Theatre,
Seattle, Sept. 1–25) Jordan Harrison’s
elegiac and absurd look at the intersections of memory
and desire, centering on mysterious goings-on in a natural
history museum.

What the Butler Saw (Theatre Rhinoceros, San
Francisco, Sept. 1–24) Joe Orton’s bawdy
sex farce.

Death in Venice (Zeum, San Francisco, Sept.
7–24) Theatre Rhinoceros and the American
Conservatory Theater present Giles Havergal and Robert
David McDonald’s stage adaptation of Thomas
Mann’s novella about an older man’s
yearnings for a golden youth.

Make Love (The Cutting Room, New York City, Sept.
8–10) Performance artist Karen Finley revives
her provocative and poignant reverie on 9/11 and the
divadom of Liza Minnelli.

Cabaret (Arena Stage, Washington, D.C., Sept.
8–Oct. 29) A new production of the celebrated
Kander and Ebb musical.

It Goes Without Saying (Rattlestick Playwrights
Theater, New York City, Sept. 7–Oct. 8) Out gay
performer and mime Bill Bowers weaves funny and
heart-breaking stories from his life and career into an
onstage joyride.

A Chorus Line (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, New York
City, previews Sept. 18, opens Oct. 5) The return of
the landmark musical conceived by Michael Bennett,
directed by the original cochoreographer, Bob Avian.

Doubt (Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, previews Sept.
22, runs Sept. 27–Oct. 29) John Patrick
Shanley’s thought-provoking drama, set in a
Catholic school in the 1960s, stars the fabulous Cherry
Jones as the nun who takes on a shady priest.

The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, previews
Sept. 26, runs Oct. 11–Nov. 12) A 21st-century
reimagining of the 1970s musical hit.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Acorn Theatre, New
York City, previews Sept. 20, runs Oct. 12–Nov.
25) Cynthia Nixon in a new revival directed by Scott

Amadeus (Denver Center Theatre Company, Denver,
previews Sept. 28, runs Oct. 5–28) Timed to
coincide with the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s

Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival
(Provincetown, Mass., Sept. 28–Oct.1)
Celebrating the great gay American writer and his
relatively unknown but deep connection to P-town. Check the
schedule at www.twptown.org.

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