2014 Revel

The Very Best of NYC Theater

The Lesbian Love Octagon, Mrs. Warren's Profession and more...
Prepare to temporarily inject (even more?) Sapphic drama into your life and head to The Kraine Theater Nov 4-7 for The Lesbian Love Octagon. Set in the late ‘90s on the Lower East Side of New York City, the play follows the journey of Sue, a less-than-butch dyke with a broken heart, as she tries to cope with losing her girlfriend to her ex-girlfriend. When Sue’s friends (a bevy of ex-girlfriends and ex-girlfriends’ ex-girlfriends) come rushing to her aid, they incite a tempest of lust and betrayal as they try to convince Sue that the answer to happiness exists in polyamory, protests and pomade.

Sept 29-Oct 30, Manhattan Theatre Source showcases the Estrogenius Festival, an annual celebration of female voices. Since its founding in 2000, the festival has blossomed into one of NYC’s largest women’s arts festivals, and it now boasts short plays, solo shows, music, visual art, dance and more. This year’s highlights include GirlPower, a series of powerful written pieces performed by teen actresses; Estro Art, a group show presenting the work of female visual artists; and Voices of Africa, a show benefiting the girls of Niger and helping build schools in their nation.

The much-anticipated Signature Theatre Company revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America begins previews Sept 14 at Peter Norton Space. Set in the mid-1980s as Ronald Reagan is re-elected to a second term and the new AIDS epidemic tightens its terrifying grip on the country’s gay community, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes remains as relevant today as when it first made waves on Broadway in 1993. The play, which runs from Oct 28 through Feb 20, stands as both a testament to how times have changed and as a powerful, poignant reminder of the struggles we still face in the ongoing battle against AIDS.

Acclaimed director Doug Hughes and lesbian Tony-winner Cherry Jones, who first worked together in Broadway’s Doubt, reunite in a new production of George Bernard Shaw’s scorching tour de force Mrs. Warren’s Profession. (From Sept 17-Nov 28 at the American Airlines Theater.)The Roundabout Theatre revamps this controversial classic play about Kitty Warren, a woman who has achieved a life of wealth and comfort. But when her prudish daughter, Vivie, learns the truth about how her mother earned her fortune, how will she take it? And what will become of Mrs. Kitty Warren?

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