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Seat Filler: What's Gay Off-Broadway

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Handsome and wholehearted out actor Claybourne Elder stars as Joe Taylor, Jr. in this scaled-down revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's groundbreaking but underappreciated 1947 musical drama, which, much like Our Town, traces a small-town American life from birth to manhood. Director John Doyle makes his great ensemble — always a pleasure, Malcolm Gets! — play musical instruments, which adds folksy charm and beautifully distracts from the show's lackluster melodies.
Classic Stage Company, through December 14.

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Dennis T. Giacino's crowd-pleasing musical comedy explores the injustice and exploitation suffered by storybook princesses and fairy tale females. Six brassy belters give fine voice to bitter, hungry heroines like Snow White, Cinderella, and even Mulan (scene-stealer Lulu Picart), who realizes that she must be a lesbian because she's the only Disney heroine with no love interest. The vaudevillian shtick between numbers can drag, but the wild and witty songs are surefire cabaret standards.
Theatre at St. Clement's, through January 25.

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Me, My Mouth & I
Take a little time to enjoy this laid-back one-woman show written and performed by Joy Behar, outspoken former cohost of The View, where she terrified conservatives and crushed on guest Catherine Deneuve. Looking back on her Brooklyn upbringing and dishing on three decades in showbiz, the GLAAD Award-winning LGBT ally amusingly recalls her beginnings as a stand-up comic, when she considered making T-shirts that read "If you recognize me, you're gay."
Cherry Lane Theatre, through December 21.

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Punk Rock
The kids are not all right in out director Trip Cullman's tightly wound staging of a disturbing Columbine-inspired drama by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time's Simon Stephens about hormonal British private school students. Led by Big Love's Douglas Smith, the powerful young cast includes Will Pullen as hot bully Bennett, whose bad behavior may stem from his suppressed desire to kiss boys, and out actor David Greenspan as a compassionate psychiatrist.
Lucille Lortel Theatre, through December 14.

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On a Stool at the End of the Bar
Robert Callely's provocative family drama stars terrific trans rocker Antoinette Thornes as Chris, a woman raising three teens in the '80s with Tony, her blue-collar boyfriend of 10 years — a suburban New Jersey family ripped apart by the discovery that Chris is transgender. Should she have been honest from the start? How did Tony not figure it out? Is he secretly gay? Under Michael Parva's subdued direction, the play takes its sweet time raising fair questions without firm answers.
59E59 Theatres, through December 14.

Read last month's theater picks here.

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