Dusty, Vaginas, and Sarah Paulson Take to the Stage

Dusty, Vaginas, and Sarah Paulson Take to the Stage
Trudy Ring

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. 

Talley's Folly

If you love watching out actress Sarah Paulson in American Horror Story: Asylum, you’ll probably love seeing her onstage even more. Theater veteran Paulson returns to the boards in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Talley’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.

Forever Dusty

You don’t have to say you love Dusty Springfield — we know you do. Forever Dusty, a portrait of the pop legend’s life and music, is in an open-ended run at New York City’s New World Stages, but there’s a special treat for theatergoers Wednesday: a one-night-only sing-along performance, hosted by drag diva Sherry Vine (star of Here TV’s She’s Living for This) and comedian Seth Herzog. So if you long to belt out “Son of a Preacher Man,” “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” and other Dusty hits somewhere other than your shower, here’s your chance — and attendees are even encouraged to dress in their best ’60s-style fashions and Dusty blond beehive wigs! Kirsten Holly Smith stars in the show, which deals with Springfield’s lesbian relationships as well as the many other aspects of her life.

The Vagina Monologues

Eve Ensler’s ode to female anatomy and empowerment gets a benefit production the week of Valentine’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 Woman’s Place, Bucks County’s only organization supporting victims of domestic violence. Performances Wednesday through February 17.

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