Which Way to the Stage

This woman can’t utter the “F” word around her gay best friend and here’s what she has to say about it.

By Andrew Andrews

Sas Goldberg and Michelle Veintimilla in MCC Theater’s production of Ana Nogueira’s Which Way to the Stage in Hell’s Kitchen. Original photos by Daniel J Vasquez.

Aspiring actors Judy and Jeff wait by the backstage door of If/Then, hopeful to score autographs from diva Idina Menzel. Long-time best friends, they kill time bantering about auditions, stars of past musicals, Jeff’s weekly drag performances and his offensive ex-boyfriend.

The next day, average-looking Judy meets a handsome man named Mark at an audition, and is subsequently surprised when Mark makes repeated attempts to forge a romantic relationship with her and a friendship with her BFF.

Before long, the third wheel causes a rift between the duo—especially after Jeff gives Judy reason to believe that Mark isn’t as straight as he seems.

Max Jenkins and Evan Todd complete the cast, directed by Mike Donahue.

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Andrew Andrews attended Which Way to the Stage at MCC Theater in Manhattan on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 @ 7:00pm to write this review.