Karen Finley, at the Baruch College Performing Arts Center, October 2-23 . | CONNOR JOHNSON
FRIDAYS-MONDAYS THROUGH DEC.29: Champagne of Bottled Camp
Dan Derby and Michael Rheault’s “Fabulous! The Queen of New Musicals” is a “Some Like It Hot”-style tale of two down-on-their-luck female impersonators — Josh Kenney and Nick Morrett — on a cruise ship trying to keep their cool and all the while creating confusions worthy of Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Directed by Rick Hamilton with choreography by Mary Lauren, “Fabulous!” was an Off-Off Broadway hit last season and now opens at Write Act Repertory Theatre, Times Square Arts Center, 300 W. 43rd St. Through Dec. 29: Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat.-Mon., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m. Tickets are $45 at brownpapertickets.com.
Ben Rimalower. | DIXON PLACE
THURSDAYS,THROUGH NOV.6: Hey, Big Spender
In “Bad With Money,” Ben Rimalower — who previously explored his obsession with La LuPone with “Patti Issues,” to much acclaim — charts his sometimes hilarious, sometimes harrowing struggle to overcome his problem or get rich trying. “People tend to be familiar now with alcohol and drug addiction — and I’ve got those, too,” Rimalower says. “But spending money I don’t have is really my drug of choice.” Aaron Mark directs. The Duplex, 61 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. S., Sheridan Sq. Sep. 4-Nov. 6: Thu., 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$50 at purplepass.com, and there’s a two-drink minimum.
THROUGH FRI.OCT.3: Drifting on a Tennessee Williams Dream
In “The Drift,” Justin Vivian Bond creates a new free-associative collage of spoken word and song inspired by Tennessee Williams’s novella “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” about a retired actress named Karen Stone who drifts from one space to another through couture, bed, or her own mind. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Sep. 11-12, 18-19 & Oct. 2-3, 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 at joespub.com or 212-967-7555, and there’s a food & drink minimum for table service.
MON.SEP.29: GMHC, Chita Rivera, Tyne Daly, Jerry Mitchell, Bobby Steggert Honor Terrence McNally
Gay Men’s Health Crisis honors Tony and Emmy Award-winning playwright and librettist Terrence McNally with the 2014 Howard Ashman Award, named for the Grammy and Academy Award-winning lyricist who died in 1991 due to complications from AIDS. The award is given annually to honor theater professionals who have made a difference in the fight to end the epidemic. The evening includes performances by theater luminaries Chita Rivera, Tyne Daly, Marin Mazzie, Jerry Mitchell, Bobby Steggert, Sierra Boggess, Roger Rees, and more. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Sep. 29. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cabaret & award presentation, 7-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 at gmhc.org/cabaret.
THURSDAYS OCT.2-OCT.23: Karen Finley’s AIDS Retrospective
Karen Finley, winner of two Obies and two Bessies and one of the four National Endowment for the Arts grant recipients who sued in 1990 when Congress yanked their funding for “indecency,” reprises some of her most searing performance work on the subject of AIDS, written and originally produced when medical treatment remained tragically ineffective. Her retrospective piece “Written in Sand” gets its world premiere at the Baruch College Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave., entrance on 25th St. Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 ($40 for the opening night benefit forBroadway Cares/ EquityFights AIDS) at SpinCycleNYC.com or 212-352-3101. Student & senior tickets at $20 available at the box office.
THROUGH SAT.OCT.11: Revisiting the Sexual Revolution
Dana Leslie Goldstein’s newest play, “Daughters of the Sexual Revolution,” is set in Westchester County in 1976 and swings back and forth between the households of two women who are in love. Joyce, 40, is having an affair with Judy, who is in her early 30s. Judy’s psychiatrist husband Liam tries to control her with Valium, while Joyce’s husband Ed, in his 50s, in an understanding guy who focuses on the couple’s college age daughter Stacia, a volatile and hotheaded girl discovering sex for the first time with classmate Simon. WorkShop Theater, 312 W. 36th St. Sep. 18-Oct. 11: Thu., 7 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m. Tickets are $18, $15 for students & seniors at workshoptheater.org or 866-811-4111.
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“Food,” one of three parts of Van Reipen Collective’s adaptation of Gertrude Stein’s “Tender Buttons.” | GARY HEIDT
THU.OCT.2-SUN.OCT.19: A Gertrude Stein One-Off at 100
When the publisher and poet Donald Evans invited Gertrude Stein to send him a play for publication, she didn’t send a play, but “Tender Buttons,” a curious tripartate work of unclassifiable genre. Celebrating the centennial of the work’s publication, Van Reipen Collective presents the entire text in a five-hour spectacle performed in three parts –– “Objects,” a dark comic Americana operetta for 12 performers directed by Gary Heidt (Oct. 2-5); “Rooms,” two women’s exploration of the psyche presented as series of rooms, directed by Cara Scarmack and Christopher Weston (Oct. 9-12); and “Food,” an absurdist dining room drama with music by Mark Tulk that explores the ways in which we turn people into objects, words into shapes, and food into dreams, directed by Niki Tulk (Oct. 16-19). Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. Theater for the New City, 55 First Ave., btwn. E. Ninth & 10th Sts. Tickets are $15 at theaterforthenewcity.net or 212-254-1109.
FRI.OCT.3-SAT.OCT.17: New Dance From Jonathan Royse Windham
Choreographer Jonathan Royse Windham’s “Creatures of Habit” –– which features seven dancers with dynamic physicality who find themselves in an absurd, yet strangely familiar universe, in a story that draws its inspiration from slapstick comedy, children’s stories, game shows, and existential drama –– receives its world premiere. Orignal music composed by Dan Kazemi. Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St., btwn. Rivington & Delancey Sts. Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16; $12 for students & seniors at dixonplace.org or 212-219-0736; $20 at the door.
SAT.OCT.4: Queer Division on the Move!
The Bureau of General Services –– Queer Division, the bookstore and performance venue that earned its stripes on the Lower East Side, is on the move. To the West Village –– at the LGBT Community Center.. To launch its new space, BGSQD welcomes Lady Quesa’Dilla (aka Alejandro Rodríguez), who presides over a grand opening featuring Original Cockette Rumi Missabu, visiting from San Francisco, as well as Stephen Boyer, Cristy C. Road,West Vargina, Dusty Shoulders, Max Steele, Mizz June, and DJ Jade Payne. 208 W. 13th St., Oct. 4, 7-10 p.m. Suggested donation of $10, but no one will be turned away. More information at BGSQD.com.
MON.OCT.6: When Ninth Street Was Nirvana
Susan Sherman, playwright and founding editor of IKON magazine, celebrates the launch of her new book of short fiction, “Nirvana on Ninth Street,” stories of the East Village from its hey day as a center of boundary-busting creativity. Sherman is joined by her friend Hettie Jones (“How I Became Hettie Jones”). Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., btwn. Stanton & Rivington Sts. Oct. 6, 7 p.m.
TUE.OCT.7: Before We Forgot How to Land on the Moon
In Kathleen Warnock’s “The Further Adventures of…,” Maggie Day uncovers the story of Commander Zoron and Prince Kal in the ‘50s sci-fi serial, “Atlantis, 1 Million Years BC,” and learns about the actors who portrayed them, Drake Darling and Frank Gallagher. Following their paths from a classic sci-fi show to the Internet age, she reveals hidden secrets, lost loves, and the things people couldn’t say then (and maybe even now?). Directed by Eric Chase and starring Tim Burke, Mark Finley, and Jamie Heinlein, “Further Adventures: gets an Emerging Artists Theatre one-night-only production. TADA! Theater, 15 W. 28th St., second fl. Oct. 7, 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at brownpapertickets.com/event/870859.
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WED.OCT.8: A Heart’s Vulnerability
Kevin Scott Hall is the author of “A Quarter Inch from My Heart,” a memoir of an intense but troubled relationship. On the 20th anniversary of Hall’s stabbing in Midtown Manhattan –– an event that also nearly pierced his heart –– he will appear in conversation about his book with writer/ actor Ben Rimalower(“Patti Issues,” and “Bad With Money,” currently running through Nov. 6 at the Duplex.) Bureau of General Services –– Queer Division, now at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Oct. 8, 7 p.m. More information at BGSQD.com.
FRI.OCT.10: Queer Color
After the day’s New York Comic Con’s activities, LGBT writers Maria Burnham, Dylan Edwards, Jeff Krell, Amber Love, and Jennie Wood join together for a reception and reading. Bureau of General Services –– Queer Division, now at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Oct. 10, 7 p.m. More information at BGSQD.com.
FRI.OCT.10: Gold Lament
Judy Gold –– whose Off-Broadway “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother” won a GLAAD Award and was a Drama Desk nominee –– brings her stand-up comedy to the Baruch College Performing Arts Center. Gold promises to leave no stone unturned –– her mom, her kids, growing older, and everything else that racks her nerves. 55 Lexington Ave., entrance on 25th St. Oct. 10, 8 p.m. Tickets are $27 at SpinCycleNYC.com or 212-352-3101.
SAT.OCT.11: Manila, No Vanilla
Alec Mapa, America’s Gaysian Sweetheart, returns to New York with a revival of “I Remember Mapa,” his comic journey as a gay Filipino American actor in film (“Connie and Carla”), television (“Ugly Betty”), and performing in the original Broadway cast of “M. Butterfly.” The Baruch College Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave., entrance on 25th St. Oct. 11, 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$50 at SpinCycleNYC.com or 212-352-3101.
SUN.OCT.12: Bad Feminist, Good Writer
According to her publisher Harper, Roxane Gay’s new book of essays, “Bad Feminist,” is a roadmap to her “journey… as a woman… a funny and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are.” Her essays mix high and low with ease and style, and her active Twitter and Tumblr presences explore her black and queer feminist identities. Bureau of General Services –– Queer Division, now at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. Oct. 12, 7 p.m. More information at BGSQD.com.
SUN.OCT.12: A Monstrous Cocktober
The Dworld Underwear Party retreats from the Fire Island autumn chill to the cozy confines of the Monster. Full dress is okay upstairs but downstairs, underwear only. 80 Grove St., Sheridan Sq. October 12, doors open at 10 p.m. $15 at dworld.us or $20 at the door.
FRI.OCT.24: Take Your Place So They Can Have Theirs
A Place at the Table is the annual gala benefiting the Ali Forney Center, which provides housing and social services to homeless LGBT youth across the city. This year’s event is hosted by Lea DeLaria, comedian, chanteuse, and a star of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black.” Performances by DeLaria as well as Daniel Watts from Broadway’s “Motown the Musical.” Capitale, 130 Bowery at Grand St. Oct. 23. Cocktails at 6 p.m.; dinner & program, 7, with an afterparty to follow. Tickets are $500 at aliforneycenter.org.
WED.NOV.5-SAT.JAN.3: Lypsinka, in Repertory With Herself
John Epperson performs a rotating best of Lypsinka repertoire with “Lypsinka! The Boxed Set,” “The Passion of the Crawford,” “John Epperson: Show Trash.” Connelly Theater, 220 E. Fourth St., btwn. Aves. A & B. Nov. 15-Jan. 3. For complete schedule and tickets are $45, visit ovationtix.com.