The Very Best of NYC Theater

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, Bare, Home in Her Heart, Cinderella

Off-Broadway cult favorite 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche runs at the SoHo Playhouse, every second week of the month starting Jan 11. Sit back as you’re transported to1956, where the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein is holding its annual quiche breakfast. Suddenly, an air raid siren interrupts their culinary festivities and warns that a nuclear disaster threatens their idyllic little town. Tensions run high as long-held secrets are revealed and important life questions arise. Will the sisters be able to keep their cool, or will they sacrifice everything in their lives in the name of quiche?

Check out the exhilarating new musical Bare as it continues its open-ended run at the New World Stages. With a pulsating rock score, Bare explores the intimate relationships between high school seniors at a co-ed Catholic boarding school. Navigating the complex road from adolescence to adulthood, they discover the paths to their identities, sexuality and their faith in these contemporary times. Deeply moving and heartwarmingly humorous, Bare is for anyone who’s ever felt locked out trying to fit in.

Don’t miss Margaret Morrison’s Home in Her Heart, playing at Stage Left Studio on various dates through Feb 24. Set against the backdrop of Nazi-threatened London in 1939, Home in Her Heart is the emotionally charged story of a loving relationship about to be torn asunder–not by the pending German bombs, but by the bias, racism and homophobia waiting for the couple on the other side of the Atlantic. The story follows Claire and Jimmie who have been living and performing together in the clubs of London, blissfully enjoying their nightly ovations and their day-to-day love. The gathering storm of war plummets them into the harsh reality of returning to a segregated U.S.  As they pack to leave, the specters of exile, external hatred and internalized homophobia make the very dream of their love seem impossible. Can these two women survive the black-white divide?

The world’s most treasured fairytale, Cinderella, premiers on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre in previews starting Jan 25. Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane’s delightfully romantic and hilarious take on the ultimate makeover story features all the classic elements you remember—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists. (Spoiler alert! Cinderella saves the Prince in the end). Rediscover some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved songs like “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago” in this fun Broadway musical.

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