Seat Filler: Best New York Theater of 2014

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7. Side Show
Darker and brighter, deeper and sharper, out director Bill Condon's reimagining of out composers Henry Krieger and Bill Russell's Tony-nominated 1997 musical stars rafter-rattling marvels Erin Davie and Emily Padgett as conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. Matthew Hydzik charms as Buddy, now a closeted gay choreographer who courts one sister, and carnival misfits like the Half-Man Half-Woman have never looked better. American Horror Story: Freak Show, it ain't.
St. James Theatre, through January 4.

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6. The City of Conversation
Dropping by a gorgeous Georgetown townhouse in 1979, 1987, and 2008, Anthony Giardina's absorbing and provocative drama starred a luminous Jan Maxwell as Hester, an elegant political hostess forced to choose liberal principles over family when her son marries an ambitious Reaganite. Gay rights are on Hester's agenda — she jokes that all Republicans are closeted — so it's an ironic victory when her grandson shows up with his black partner for Obama's inauguration.
Lincoln Center Theater at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, closed.

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5. Found
One person's trash is everyone's treasure in Hunter Bell, Eli Bolin, and Lee Overtree's wonderfully weird pop musical inspired by the discarded notes and letters collected in Found, a 'zine by Davy Rothbart, who finds himself on an adventure cleverly punctuated by those random paper scraps. Led by hot-nerdy Nick Blaemire as Davy, the quirky and hilarious ensemble included Daniel Everidge as his big gay roomie, who rocks a flyer for a "furry and friendly" bear club. 

Atlantic Theater Company at the Linda Gross Theater, closed.

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