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Douglas Carter Beane Revisits Old Gay Gotham in ‘The Nance’

Burlesque-themed play opened on April 15

Douglas Carter Beane wrote a play, “The Nance,” about burlesque that opened April 15 on Broadway. Did he realize that the only character who completely strips to get naked is the boyfriend character played by Jonni Orsini?

At the Marriott Marquis after party, the scribe explained that the three actresses (Jenni Barber, Andrea Burns, Cady Huffman) playing the strippers “did what was comfortable for them and Jonni did what was comfortable for him.”

Orsini plays Nathan Lane‘s lover in the drama about a “nance,” i.e. gay, performer in 1930’s burlesque. It follows such other gay-theme works on Broadway this season as “Kinky Boots” and “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” But unlike those titles, the gay characters in “The Nance” actually have a love life.

“They fuck like bunnies!” Beane pointed out with pride.

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