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Spring onto the stage: from winter's depths to May's renewal, you can warm your heart and revitalize your mind with these hot offerings by and about gays and lesbians.

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CAROLINE, OR CHANGE

San Francisco, Curran Theatre, January 14-February 20

Tonya Pinkins stars in the compelling musical penned by Angels in America Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner (music by Jeanine Tesori); a young boy learns about social inequity and racial disharmony in the South in the era of the burgeoning civil rights movement.

THE GOAT OR WHO IS SYLVIA?

Denver, Curious Theatre Company, January 15-February 26 Los Angeles, Mark Taper Forum, January 29-March 20 Washington, D.C., Arena Stage, March 4-April 17 San Francisco, American Conservatory Theater, June 10-July 10

Edward Albee's provocative play (2002 Tony award winner) will shock, outrage, stimulate, and delight audiences as it continues across the country in various productions.

MAMBO ITALIANO

San Francisco, New Conservatory Theatre Center, January 14-February 20

The U.S. premiere of Steve Galluccio's comedy about coming to terms with being gay in an Italian-Canadian family (basis of the 2003 movie).

TAKE ME OUT

San Diego, Old Globe, January 15-February 20 Denver, Curious Theatre Company, May 7-July 2

Richard Greenberg's Tony award-winning play is a paean to baseball and a witty drama about celebrity coming-out in America. The San Diego production is directed by Joe Mantello, who received a Tony for his Broadway staging in 2003.

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

New York City, Imperial Theatre, starts January 31, opens March 3

Director Jack O'Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray) stage David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane's new Broadway musical about two con men on the French Riviera.

I AM MY OWN WIFE

Chicago, Goodman Theatre, through February 13 San Francisco, Curran Theatre, May Los Angeles, Geffen Playhouse, June 14-July 10

Doug Wright's witty and moving tribute to East German transvestite Charlotte yon Mahlsdorf, winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is touring in the original Tony-winning production directed by Moises Kaufman.

HAPPY DAYS

New York City, Worth Street Theater Company at Classic Stage Company, February 1-March 13

Two unique queer artists, Lea DeLaria and David Greenspan, star in Samuel Beckett's bleakly funny testament to the human spirit--from the company that produced last year's thrilling revival of The Normal Heart.

GHETTO SUPERSTAR: THE MAN THAT I AM

New York City, Joe's Pub, February 10-March 27

A spiritual, sexual, and musical memoir from performer and recording artist Billy Porter (left), who recounts his experiences as a black gay man growing up within the confines of the Pentecostal Church.

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

Boston, Wilbur Theatre, February 10-March 6 New York City, Longacre Theatre, starts March 12

Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin portray George and Martha in Edward Albee's twistedly tender and caustic love story. The long-awaited Broadway revival will try out in Boston prior to New York.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

New York City, Second Stage Theatre, February 7-March 6

Six young people on the edge of puberty strive to become adults in a funny, tender, and sardonic musical from William Finn, Tony-wining composer and lyricist of Falsettos'.

ON THE MOUNTAIN

New York City, Playwrights Horizons, February 4--March 13

The latest from queer playwright Christopher Shinn focuses on a former rock and roll wild child's struggle to forge a connection with her rebellious daughter even as memories of a rock legend's suicide come back to haunt her.

WELL

San Francisco, American Conservatory Theater, February 11--March 13

Five Lesbian Brothers alumna Lisa Kron stars in her remarkable autobiographical play about healing, her mother, and the wellness of individuals and community.

MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT

New York City, Shubert Theatre, starts February 14, opens March 17

Queerness of the silly kind abounds in the new Broadway musical "lovingly ripped off" from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, directed by Mike Nichols (HBO's Angels in America) and starring David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry, and Hank Azaria.

SHOCKHEADED PETER

New York City, Little Shubert Theatre, starts February 11, opens February 22

The Tiger Lillies are a straight musical trio, but their aesthetic is as queer as it gets. (Just ask Kiki and Herb, who pounced on their "Banging in the Nails.") This is another opportunity to catch their delightfully perverse take on gruesome German children's tales.

NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES

San Francisco, Theatre Rhinoceros, February 17--March 13

The West Coast premiere of an early Tennessee Williams work, based on true-life harrowing events in a Philadelphia County prison in the late 1930s.

DESSA ROSE

New York City, Lincoln Center Theater, starts February 17, opens March 21

A new musical from Lynn Ahrens and out composer Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime) about the dangerous alliance between a runaway slave and a white woman in the pre-Civil War South. Based on Sherley Anne Williams's novel.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE

New York City, Barrymore Theater, starts February 24, opens March 15

A new revival of the Tennesee Williams memory play, starring Jessica Lange as Amanda, a character loosely based on the playwright's mother.

PLAY WITHOUT WORDS

New York City, Brooklyn Academy of Music, March 15--April 3 Los Angeles, Ahmanson Theatre, April 14--May 29

A homoerotic dance theater drama devised from the 1963 Joseph Losey movie The Servant by Matthew Bourne, the imaginative director-choreographer of the 1998 all-male Swan Lake.

TEN UNKNOWNS

Washington, D.C., Signature Theatre, March 15--April 24

Jon Robin Baitz's witty and insightful drama about an artist recluse in Mexico and the efforts of his gay art dealer and young assistant to force his comeback.

HOT 'N' THROBBING

New York City, Signature Theatre Company, March 28-May 1

The Paula Vogel season concludes with what may be her most controversial work: an unflinching look at domestic violence that features a mother who writes pornography for a living.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

New York City, Studio 54, March 26-June 19

The Roundabout Theatre Company revives the Tennessee Williams classic with Natasha Richardson as Blanche, the fading Southern belle who is pushed over the edge by her brother-in-law, Stanley (The Aviator's John C. Reilly).

THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA

New York City, Lincoln Center Theater, March 17-June 12

Playwright Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss, Longtime Companion) wrote the book for this new musical by Adam Guettel, based on the novella by Elizabeth Spencer about a mother and daughter in Italy and the younger woman's romance with a handsome Florentine.

A BEAUTIFUL CHILD

San Francisco, Theatre Rhinoceros, March 31-April 24

A humorous and touching play from Nicky Silver, best known for Raised in Captivity and The Food Chain. His most daring and mature work to date.

A NAKED GIRL ON THE APPIAN WAY

Costa Mesa, Calif., South Coast Repertory, April 1-May 8

The return of two children to their American home after a yearlong excursion in Europe triggers a chain reaction of revelations in the latest from award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out).

A DISTANT SHORE

Culver City, Calif., Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, April 24-May 22

A sensuous cross-cultural, multigenerational saga by Chay Yew, author of A Language of Their Own and A Beautiful Country, featuring a gay Asian-American and a Caucasian American whose destinies have been shaped by another life in another time and place.

THE PARIS LETTER

New York City, Roundabout Theatre Company, May 13-August 7

A tragic game of financial and moral betrayal is played against the backdrop of high society in Jon Robin Baitz's enthralling exploration of gay mentorship and friendship, love, and repression.

WHOOP-DEE-DOO!

San Francisco, New Conservatory Theatre Center, May 13--June 25

The prequel to When Pigs Fly is another dizzy musical extravaganza whipped up by costume designer extraordinaire Howard Crabtree.

DRESS SUITS FOR HIRE

New York City, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, May 19--June 5

Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver, cofounders of Split Britches, revive their popular "lesbian noir" comic pulp drama (written with Holly Hughes) in which clothes do make a woman-and a man.

PACIFIC OVERTURES

Washington, D.C., Signature Theatre, May 17--July 3

This new revival of Stephen Sondheim's enchanting work (with John Weidman and Hugh Wheeler) about the opening of Japan to the West will present a chamber version of the Kabuki theater-inspired musical.

3F, 4F

San Francisco, Magic Theatre, May 21-June 19

The world premiere of a daring new play by Victor Lodato, who is the recipient of multiple awards, including one from the Robert Chesley Foundation for gay and lesbian writing.

Raymond writes on theater and film and lives in New York City.
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