The Third Story
Lucille Lortel Theatre, (212) 279-4200
“B-movie molls, a mad scientist, and Tommy guns figure prominently” in Charles Busch’s latest comedy, said Huffingtonpost.com. The “heaven-sent” cast includes Kathleen Turner as part of a blacklisted mother/son screenwriting team that flees Hollywood for Omaha.
Pasadena Playhouse, (626) 356-7259
This new musical biography of Lena Horne “stops just short of blind homage,” said the Los Angeles Times. Nikki Crawford plays young Horne, and Leslie Uggams portrays the later, jazzier years. Both capture Horne’s trademark “tenacity and style.”
In the Next Room
Berkeley Repertory Theatre, (510) 647-2949
Sarah Ruhl’s look at women and sexuality in 19th-century America is “funny and evocative,” said the San Francisco Chronicle. Poking fun at the days when “middle-class morality held that women didn’t enjoy sex” leads to some obvious punch lines, though.