Bash Compactor: An Off Night

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Michael Urie summed
up this past season of Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Awards last
Sunday with one sentence: “It’s been a gay year.”

And while Urie, who won the
Best Lead Actor award for his work in The Tempermentals, didn’t
say if he meant happy or homosexual, they both work, because being gay,
in either sense of the term, took top honors at the award ceremony
Sunday night at Terminal 5.

The Lortel Awards are to Off-Broadway what the
Tonys are to Broadway, give or take a couple zeroes at the end of each
ceremony’s budget. The delightful event, which doubled as a benefit for
The Actor’s Fund, was not without its stars, however. Alan Menken entertained
with a medley from Little Shop of Horrors; Nina Arianda, Vanda
in Venus in Fur, nabbed an Outstanding Lead Actress nomination (Judith Ivey won);
and Hugh Dancy and Laurie Metcalf skipped the shutter
clicks of photographers outside the event but showed up in time to
present the evening’s first award: Outstanding Featured Actor, which
went to Adam James for his role in The Pride. James “oh
shit-”ted his way through his acceptance speech saying: “I’m not nearly
drunk enough to make this speech,” before proceeding to do so anyway.

Two people who were
apparently drunk enough for their speeches were Anthony LaPaglia and
Justin Bartha. LaPaglia and Bartha, who fittingly starred in
last year’s hit The Hangover, currently co-star in the Broadway
revival of Lend Me a Tenor and joked about being bombed while
stumbling through their presentation of one of the last
awards—Outstanding Play— which went to The Orphans’ Home Cycle.

The group around my
table wasn’t sure the intoxication admission was entirely in jest
however. “He’s drunk,” gasped the fellow to my left of LaPaglia’s
inability to read his lines. But his friend quickly slurred an
admonishment for his outburst and pointed out the obvious: “Everyone’s
drunk. We’ve been drinking since 6 o’clock.”