Gay red alert! Broadway has been invaded by Straight White Men, Young Jean Lee’s privilege-checking satire starring Call Me by Your Name hunk Armie Hammer. To be fair, the play features trans docents Kate Bornstein and Ty Defoe, but off-Broadway stages have been conquered by colorful queer characters.
Here’s the straight scoop on six powerful LGBTQ-inclusive plays that recently opened for limited engagements.
This American Wife
Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley’s brilliant multimedia duologue informally explores their infectious obsession with artificial Real Housewives theatrics, bravely exposing them as gay guys escaping their own realities.
Next Door at NYTW through August 11.
Nadia (Regan Sims) dreams of fleeing her provincial life and imminent wedding in Eliza Bent’s amusing modern spin on Chekhov’s The Fiancée. Roger Manix shines as her confidant, a sickly and insufferable gay hipster.
Adjusted Realists at A.R.T./New York Theatres through August 18.
Fire in Dreamland
In Rinne Groff’s consuming dramedy, Enver Gjokaj smolders as a filmmaker who seduces our narrator (Rebecca Naomi Jones) and a film student (Kyle Beltran) while dramatizing a 1911 Coney Island amusement park fire.
Public Theater through August 5.
Edward Gero wins as Antonin Scalia in John Strand’s nonpartisan portrait, exhuming the Supreme Court justice’s soul as he spars with his new clerk (Tracy Ifeachor), a liberal personally invested in overturning DOMA.
59E59 Theaters through August 19.
The Pattern at Pendarvis
Lawrence Merritt is superb as nonagenarian Edgar Hellum, a real-life preservationist, in Dean Gray’s succinctly moving drama, inspired by Will Fellows’ book A Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture.
HERE through August 5.
Waiting for Giovanni
Jewelle Gomez’s eloquent elegy peers into James Baldwin’s (Jonathan Dewberry) head as he works on his 1956 novel Giovanni’s Room, struggling to reconcile his obligations as an eminent black writer and a gay man.
TOSOS at the Flea Theater through August 4.