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  1. wil says

    God knows I have sympathy for gays (being “a gay” myself), but I truly dislike problem dramas where characters struggle with their issues (“It’s a good play. It addressed a lot of issues” is how one playgoer put it). I’ve seen previews of this on youtube and it looks preachy and socially relevant in the worst way, what we used to call an after-school special. Issues are presented, issues are addressed. This doesn’t sound like a fun evening to me.

  2. Stefan says

    If increased visibility is part of the goal, then it seems smarter to take issues about sexuality and ability discrimination and put them into a vehicle with broader appeal (i.e. one that will appeal as a “fun evening” for some audience members, but then also make them think). But I applaud them for their hard work and for caring.

  3. Dr. C says

    Christopher Shinn is a great playwright… I’ve seen a number of this young writer’s works in NYC and i always leave the theater richer for the experience and from his words. So- armchair critics, who HAVE NOT seen or read the entire play, withhold judgement until you have experienced what he has to offer-
    People confuse cynicism with insight far too frequently. This writer deserves our community’s support!!!!

  4. David Hearne says

    DR C –

    I didn’t see anything in the article or the video that would make me want to go see that play. If it has some redeeming entertainment value, they should have mentioned it.

  5. Kirk says

    As a gay man I went into this with great expectations that, sadly, were not met. In fact, by the end I greatly regretted that we’d not left at intermission. The first act succeeds in showing the inter-relatedness and complexity of many issues — sexuality, privacy, morality, the difference between fact and truth, etc. The second act devolves into the after school special and the play unravels as it spins out of control and climaxes in an unbelievable and embarrassing bathroom scene. The play does not leave you feeling that these characters, struggling to face life’s challenges as young adults, will ultimately become capable leaders, despite their aspirations. In fact, you’re left doubting that they will even escape the self-loathing that, however denied, clearly remains.

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