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Seat Filler: Best New York Theater of 2014

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10. Mala Hierba
Killer Women's Marta Milans steamed up the stage as Liliana, a glamorous Mexican-American trophy wife who rekindles her affair with an unpredictable lesbian lover (Fun Home's Roberta Colindrez), in this spicy and simmering drama by Tanya Saracho, a scribe for HBO's Looking and Girls. Is true lady-love worth the financial and physical risks of escaping an abusive drug lord and his bratty daughter? Telenovelas wish they were this sexy and suspenseful.
Second Stage Uptown at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, closed.

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9. The Few
Set in an Idaho trailer right before Y2K, out playwright Samuel D. Hunter's touching drama about missed connection starred Michael Laurence as world-weary Bryan, who returns to work on a newspaper for fellow truckers and finds it overrun by personal ads from folks as lonely as he is. It was worth a long haul just to see out Spring Awakening alum Gideon Glick as Bryan's awkwardly adoring nephew, a gay teen who got kicked out of his house when caught with another boy.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, closed.

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8. Almost, Maine
One of the most produced and most controversial plays in North America, John Cariani's sweet and snowy 2004 rom-com, in which four actors take on almost 20 quirky characters, got a terrific Transport Group revival as quietly thrilling as the aurora borealis. Among the surreal and whimsical vignettes, which bring romantic metaphors to heartwarming life, Cariani and Kevin Isola played a pair of weak-kneed buddies who literally fall — thunk! — in love with each other.
Transport Group at the Gym at Judson, closed.


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