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.
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.
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.