"Welcome to the theatre, you fool
You'll love it so"
- Lee Adams & Charles Strouse, Applause
Happy Birthday Girl's Night Out! It's spring and the lesbians are popping out all over the theater! What better way to spend our birthday?
Grand Dyke playwright Paula Vogel has a hit on her hands with How I Learned To Drive. While this funny yet disturbing play about pedophilia does not scream "I'm a comfy Sapphic night out!" it is one of the most brilliantly crafted and acted plays GNO has seen in the past decade. Mary Louise Parker (Fried Green Tomatoes) stars as Li'l Bit, the object of her Uncle Peck's affection. It is an oddly seductive love story with hints a' plenty as to Li'l Bit's own orientation and a wry sense of humor that informs her adult sexuality. How I Learned To Drive is great theatre from one of the most important voices in our community. It's currently at the Vineyard Theatre, tucked away off Union Square, but soon to be moving off-Broadway for a longer commercial run.
For cheaper and more charming fare there are plenty of lesbian characters populating the latest off-Broadway plays: Stanley about English artist Stanley Spencer, who leaves his wife to marry a glamorous lesbian who brings her butch girlfriend along on the honeymoon (there's even female nudity!); and God's Heart at Lincoln Center by Craig Lucas's with Julie Kavner playing a Fran Leibowitz look-a-like dyke.
For the greatest theater adventure of all, make your way to My Name Is..., a play about a young woman who must reconstruct her identity and sexuality by remembering the contents of her stolen wallet -- written by ME!!! It's part of the Out on the Edge Festival, a showing of six new gay and lesbian plays. I'm very proud to be a part of this project, which we're hoping will become THE place for new theatrical works by and about the homosexual community. Come on down and see some real Dyke Drama!
How I Learned To Drive
Out on the Edge Festival
Of That Which Makes Horse Racings
Rite of Passage
Hang With the Girls in the
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