Dusty, Vaginas, and Sarah Paulson Take to the Stage
A slate of lesbian-adjacent theater productions are taking over stages across the country this week. Get all the details right here.
Pictured: Director Michael Wilson, actress Sarah Paulson, and actor Danny Burstein attend the Talley's Folly off-Broadway press preview at Roundabout Theatre Company.
If you love watching out actress Sarah Paulson in American Horror Story: Asylum, youâ€™ll probably love seeing her onstage even more. Theater veteran Paulson returns to the boards in Roundabout Theatre Companyâ€™s production of Talleyâ€™s Folly, a Pulitzer-winning drama about two lonely people finding love, written by the late, esteemed gay playwright Lanford Wilson as part of his Talley family trilogy. Danny Burstein (Boardwalk Empire, Transamerica) costars. Folly plays at American Airlines Theatre in New York City, through May 5.
You donâ€™t have to say you love Dusty Springfield â€” we know you do. Forever Dusty, a portrait of the pop legendâ€™s life and music, is in an open-ended run at New York Cityâ€™s New World Stages, but thereâ€™s a special treat for theatergoers Wednesday: a one-night-only sing-along performance, hosted by drag diva Sherry Vine (star of Here TVâ€™s Sheâ€™s Living for This) and comedian Seth Herzog. So if you long to belt out â€śSon of a Preacher Man,â€ť â€śYou Donâ€™t Have to Say You Love Me,â€ť â€śWishinâ€™ and Hopinâ€™,â€ť and other Dusty hits somewhere other than your shower, hereâ€™s your chance â€” and attendees are even encouraged to dress in their best â€™60s-style fashions and Dusty blond beehive wigs! Kirsten Holly Smith stars in the show, which deals with Springfieldâ€™s lesbian relationships as well as the many other aspects of her life.
The Vagina Monologues
Eve Enslerâ€™s ode to female anatomy and empowerment gets a benefit production the week of Valentineâ€™s Day at the historic Bucks County Playhouse in scenic New Hope, Pa. (about an hour from Philadelphia and 90 minutes from New York City). Starring are Doubt Tony-winner Adriane Lenox, New York stage vet Olivia Oguna, and Andrea McArdle, the original Annie, all grown up. Proceeds will benefit A Womanâ€™s Place, Bucks Countyâ€™s only organization supporting victims of domestic violence. Performances Wednesday through February 17.