A LOT AT JAKE
Now’s your chance to see Brokeback Mountain heartthrob Jake Gyllenhaal live and in the flesh. Tonight, the hunk beings his run in Roundabout Theatre‘s Off-Broadway production of If There is I Haven’t Found It Yet, written by Nick Payne. Gyllenhaal plays a British guy trying to protect his overweight 15-year-old niece from bullying. Hopefully, it involves at least one gratuitous shirtless scene (not unlike the one pictured here). The play was a 2009 critical and audience hit in London and with juicy Jake in the cast, it’ll draw the New York crowd in droves. [New York Daily News]
PIECES OF FRINGE
If you’re looking for your last-minute homo fix at New York’s Fringe Festival, consider Pieces, by Chris Phillips. Based on the brutal murder of a gay Hollywood power player, the play focuses on a queer public defender forced to confront his fragmentation from the so-called gay community. Pieces has whipped up some good buzz, and was already selected for Fringe NYC’s Encore Series. We’re hungry for a thoughtful theatrical alternative to campy tales of pretty boys and drag queens. [piecestheplay.com]
Speaking of doffing clothes, if you missed the saucy, clothing-optional farce The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side a few years back, you’re in luck! The Amoralists’ bohemian comedy returns for a special one-week off-Broadway engagement August 28 to September 2. Written and directed by Derek Ahonen (who also stars in the ensemble) the play follows four polyamorous bisexual hipsters sharing an apartment while fending off the forces of gentrification.
During its initial run, Pipers raised eyebrows (among other things) for featuring the only fully erect penis on the New York stage. We wouldn’t want to ruin the moment, but it was definitely a showstopper. [followthepiedpipers.com]
WISHIN’ AND HOPIN’
Lesbian ’60s pop icon Dusty Springfield is getting her own off-Broadway bio-musical, and it’s about time: Forever Dusty premieres this November at New World Stages, and it promises to include Springfield’s greatest hits, including “Son of a Preacher Man” and “The Look of Love.” It’s the perfect showbiz fable, following Dusty’s transformation from an awkward Catholic schoolgirl to her rise as one of the mid-20th Century’s greatest female singers. Newcomer Kirsten Holly Smith stars as Dusty and embodies the legend with soul and style, and a voice that rivals the original. To paraphrase one of Springfield’s greatest songs, I know just what to do with myself: I’m going to see it! [foreverdustymusical.com]