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
Lives 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
What the Butler Saw (Theatre Rhinoceros, San
Francisco, Sept. 1–24) Joe Orton’s bawdy
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
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.
Grey Gardens (Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City,
previews Oct. 3, opens Nov. 2) The hit musical based
on the cult documentary, having sold out its
off-Broadway run, comes to Broadway. Christine Ebersole and
Mary Louise Wilson star as Big Edie and Little Edie,
the remarkable mother and daughter socialites who
lived in squalor in a decaying mansion in the
Butley (Booth Theater, New York City, previews Oct.
5, runs Oct. 25–Jan. 14) Nathan Lane stars in
Simon Grey’s dark comedy about a caustic
English literature professor who goes into an emotional
tailspin when he discovers both wife and boyfriend are
about to leave him.
Souvenir (Brentwood Theatre, Los Angeles, previews
Oct. 12, runs Oct. 18– Nov.12) Judy Kaye stars
in Stephen Temperley’s play about cult gay icon
Florence Foster Jenkins, an eccentric socialite who fancied
herself a great opera singer in New York City in the 1930s
Regrets Only (Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City,
previews Oct. 19, opens Nov. 14) Christine Baranski in
a new comedy from Jeffrey creators Paul Rudnick and
director Christopher Ashley.
The Little Dog Laughed (Cort Theatre, New York City,
previews Oct. 25, opens Nov. 13) Directed by Scott
Ellis, the Douglas Carter Beane comedy that dishes the
dirt on the Hollywood closet moves to Broadway.
Dark Matters (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New
York City, previews Nov. 8, runs Nov. 16–Dec.
17) Out comics writer and playwright Roberto
Aguirre-Sacasa explores the supernatural in a new comedy
about unexplained happenings in a house at the end of
Company (Barrymore Theatre, New York City, previews
Oct. 30, opens Nov. 29) Director John Doyle does his
Sweeney Todd trick—having the actors
double as musicians—with another Sondheim classic.
The Twelve Days of Cochina (Theatre Rhinoceros, San
Francisco, Nov. 16–Dec. 17) Out comedian Marga
Gomez’s takeoff on sex, Charles Dickens,
Angelina Jolie, global warming, and immigration. With
Carrie (Performance Space 122, New York City,
previews Dec. 2, runs Dec. 5– 31) Theatre
Couture’s twisted but authorized version of
Stephen King’s novel, starring drag diva Sherry Vine,
with telekinetic effects by Basil Twist.
Edward Scissorhands (Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles,
Dec. 12–31) A new dance theater production
directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne.
A Queer Carol (New Conservatory Theatre Center, San
Francisco, previews Nov. 29 and Dec. 1, runs Dec.
2–31) Joe Godfrey reimagines Dickens’s
classic story as a queer holiday event: Scrooge is a
high-society interior designer; Bob Cratchit is his
hard-pressed assistant who has no health insurance
with which to buy AIDS meds for his lover, Tiny Tim.