"The one-liners fly like rockets...and hit their targets smoking," lauded The New York Times at the premiere of Paul Rudnick's gay celebration The New Century (2008). That would be gay as in homosexual andas in fabulous. In The New Century, Mrs. Nadler describes her three grown children to the support group "Parents of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, the Transgendered, the Questioning, the Curious, the Creatively Concerned and Others." Her speech is one of three sharp monologues that comprise Rudnick's tidy/messy little universe. Mrs. Nadler is joined by Mr. Charles, currently of Palm Beach, a big old queen who's been drummed out of Manhattan because, well, he's just too old and too gay, and Barbara Ellen Diggs, who makes the tackiest of craft projects while she eulogizes her AIDS-stricken son. Sentimentality and laughter, resignation and anger collide memorably, as they often do in the best of Rudnick (I Hate Hamlet, Jeffrey, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Addams Family Values). Produced by Theatre New West and directed by Houston theater veteran Joe Watts, the show includes actors Taavi Mark, Josephine John, Julie Oliver, Lance Marshall and Rachel Moore. Today's opening night performance is at 7:30 p.m. Regular performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (no performance March 5 or 20), with an additional 4 p.m. performance March 21. Through April 3. Sirrom Studio, 5570 Weslayan. For information, call 713-522-2204 or visit www.theatrenewwest.com. $15 to $20.
Wed., March 3, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 21, 4 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays. Starts: March 3. Continues through April 3, 2010