Studio Theatre scored big time when it recruited Shakespeare Theatre’s Michael Kahn to direct its season opener, Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy. For a play as important as Torch Song, one of the first to address a gay man’s search for love, companionship, and family, assembling an all-star crew seems imperative. The production consists of three one-act plays that revolve around the life of Arnold, a drag queen in 1970s New York. Living and loving isn’t always easy for Arnold: He grapples with tragedy, parental conflict, and partners who don’t love themselves. It’s more contemporary subject matter than the stuff of Shakespeare, but Kahn’s found success updating the Bard’s work. With Fierstein’s opus, Kahn’s likely to mount a revival that feels genuinely revived.
The play runs Sept. 4 to Oct. 13 at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $30–$75. (202) 332-3300. studiotheatre.org.