by David Hurst

A more personal triumph is that of Martin Moran, who's telling his story of growing up gay, Catholic and sexually abused in The Tricky Part, an intensely moving and beautifully performed memoir/play that's as cathartic as it is entertaining. Moran, who starred in such Broadway musicals as A Man of No Importance, Bells Are Ringing, Cabaret and Titanic, mesmerizes as a storyteller with a boyish grin and easygoing demeanor. He slowly unfolds a story of horry, compassion, confrontation and hope with skill, humor and enormous courage. In short, Moran is amazing and The Tricky Part is the most powerful play this season.

The Tricky Part - McGiinn/Cazale thru 5/30; 212-719-1300