Caffeine may jump-start your Monday mornings, but can it inspire…love? Find out in the new dramedy Humans Anonymous, opening Nov 1 at Theater 54 at Shetler Studios. Jenny is a brilliant young law student looking for Mrs. Right. Ellen is an over-caffeinated businesswoman looking for Mr. Perfect. When the two women accidentally find themselves on a coffee date, Ellen’s heart beats a little faster. Could the man of her dreams actually be a woman, or is it just the espresso talking?
History has recorded that Dorothy Hale, the widow of American muralist Gardner Hale, committed suicide by plunging from her New York City apartment window in 1938. The story of Dorothy Hale has never really been thoroughly examined—until now. The Rise Of Dorothy Hale, now at St. Luke’s Theater, explores Dorothy Hale’s alleged suicide through the creative process of bisexual Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Kahlo was commissioned to paint a portrait of Hale, and her horrifying rendition of the woman’s life inspired a deeper search for the truth behind Hale’s untimely demise.
If you didn’t get choked up (OK…bawl hysterically) after reading or watching the movie version of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, you’re probably related to Joan Crawford. For the rest of us, the Pan Asian Repertory Theater has revived this classic in a new stage adaptation, Oct 28–25 at the Julia Miles Theatre. Set in San Francisco in the ‘80s, The Joy Luck Club follows four Mahjong-playing Chinese mothers and their relationships with their American-born daughters. This re-envisioning captures the historical sweep and operatic grandeur of feudal China and the dynamic pulse of modern America.
And speaking of Joan Crawford, why not head down to New World Stages on Oct 10 for some Crawford-esque antics in the name of helping out LGBT youngsters? Live Out Loud, New York’s premier non-profit organization for LGBT youth, will host a special benefit performance of Charles Busch’s Die Mommie Die!, guaranteed to satisfy your deepest cravings for camp. One of the most anticipated and hilarious new comedies of the fall season, Die Mommie Die! is a riotous comedy-thriller steeped in the glamour of 1960s Hollywood.