It ain't over till the drag queen sings.
Harvey Fierstein's Tony Award winning play, Torch Song Trilogy, opening June 3, ends San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre Center's Millennium Pride Season. New Conservatory artistic director Ed Decker directs the comedy, which began previews May 24 and runs through July 15.
Trilogy -- actually three one acts, International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery and Widows and Children First! -- is the story of Arthur Beckoff and his search for love, respect and happiness. This quest leads to an attempt at domestic life with a school teacher and a passionate love affair with a young model, while Arthur combats, yet loves, his mother. Torch Song Trilogy was adapted by Fierstein into a 1988 movie version starring Matthew Broderick and Anne Bancroft.
Fierstein, a three-time Tony winner, authored the plays Spookhouse, Cannibals Just Don't Know No Better, Safe Sex and the book for La Cage Aux Folles. An actor and performer, Fierstein played Arthur in the movie version of Trilogy, won an Emmy as Rebecca's first love on "Cheers," and most recently lent his voice to one of the comic sidekicks in Disney's "Mulan."
Tickets are $22-$13. The New Conservatory Theatre Center is located at 25 Van Ness Avenue. For tickets, call (415) 861-8972. The New Conservatory Theatre is on the web at http://www.nctcsf.org. -- By Christine Ehren