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May 31 2018
Mean Boys: A Review Of THE BOYS IN THE BAND On Broadway Comments (0)

5-Boys-in-the-BandLives of the party (All images — except for Maria, what've you got against her? — by Joan Marcus)

Many things have been written about The Boys in the Band, Mart Crowley's acidic, unsparing look at the jousting within a circle of gay friends attending a 32nd birthday party, and opinions have swung widely from “groundbreaking” to “retrograde.” Some of the gay men old enough to be activists when it bowed treated it like anti-gay propaganda, while some younger gay men simply find it depressing, filled with too many low blows and angst.

Is this what my life will be like?

Even now, as the show opens for the first time on Broadway — 50 years after its premiere ScanOff-Broadway at Theater Four on April 14, 1968 — the positive pre-press it has received is filled with arguments about how it's a period piece that represents the way we were, not the way we are, as writers attempt to persuade still younger gay audiences it is a play that's probably worth seeing as a historical marker if the production is on point.

I think those writers are getting it wrong; The Boys in the Band is not a great play that is of another era, some time-capsule peek at the bad old days and bad old gays, but a great play, period. It was and remains an unflinching look at the unique ways in which many gay men, coached our whole lives by society, pick at each other's emotional scabs, wearing each other down to lift ourselves up.

As Vito Russo once wrote, the play, which came out at a time when most gay representations in the theater and all gay representations on film were dismissive or pathological, is negative, but fair. It's easy to tell it was written by a gay man who understood that testosterone spiked with lavender is still testosterone. Gay men who are friends will not hesitate to be competitive, to be jealous, to attempt to take each other down a notch, to hand off their earrings ahead of a rumble.

Inside the Big Boys in the Band After-Party! — HERE

To the play's great credit, it presents drama-filled gay relationships not as the by-products of abomination, but as the by-products of social pressure not to be gay in the first place. The self-loathing is accepted by the play, but only in the context of the story at hand, and even then, the play's central figure expresses hope that things will improve in the future as he darkly jokes about the only happy homosexual being “a gay corpse.”

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Yes, things have improved in the past 50 years, but whether or not you're familiar with the play, you'll be surprised — as you, hopefully, watch the Broadway revival that officially opened at the Booth Theatre tonight — by just how timely and relevant it still is. 

I would argue that The Boys in the Band is not a crystal ball, and this is no seance; rather, the play is a mirror, so make sure your hair looks good ...

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BOY Crazy: Inside The Party For THE BOYS IN THE BAND Comments (0)

IMG_5201Playwright Mart Crowley appeared for the final bows
IMG_5201Take a bow — the boys of The Boys in the Band (Images from audience member in mezzanine)

It took The Boys in the Band 50 years to get to Broadway, and it took me nearly as long to get into the pre-opening after-party ... but I did.

Huge Recap of the Original The Boys in the Band — HERE!

I impulsively bought one of the last tickets for Wednesday's 7 p.m. performance (I had already seen the first preview April 30), scoring one with an empty seat on one side of me and two empty seats on the other. (There were only seven empty seats in the house; not surprising since the show's official opening night is tonight, which is probably the night fans targeted, thinking it would be the star-studded choice.)

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Insta-Boyfriends In The Raw + Trump Pardons Right-Wing Loon + Samantha Bee's C-Word + Electronic Musician Hates Gays, Cheered Pulse + Tom Arnold On Roseanne Barr + Kim K Meets Trump + Gaga In NYC + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Furry friends.

Below: Keep reading for the hottest nude Insta-boyfriends ever, Trump pardons another right-wing loon, Samantha Bee will see Ivanka next Tuesday, more Roseanne fallout, drag portraiture to die for, and more ...

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Fast Carr: A Review Of THE FABULOUS ALLAN CARR Comments (0)

David AlexanderCarr, understated as always (Image by David Alexander)

On June 5, director Jeffrey Schwarz's (I Am Divine, Tab Hunter Confidential) latest compulsively watchable doc, The Fabulous Allan Carropens on VOD.

Check Out My Take on Schwarz's Vito HERE!

If you know nothing about the late Carr (1937-1999), you know his greatest success, as the producer of the eternally popular Grease (1978). That film and its hit status is Carr's persona distilled — unapologetically glitzy, shamelessly crowd-pleasing, littered with stars new and old.

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May 30 2018
You're Welcome: Adam Scott Miller Comments (0)

Adam Scott Miller(Image by Mikey Tadesseis)

Adam Scott Miller in his underwear is not a bad thing. Much more here.

 
 
Oh, Roseanne Is Anti-LGBT, Too (Logo, Are You Still Showing Her Reruns?) Comments (0)

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Not to beat a dead career, but Roseanne is anti-LGBT, too. This Daily Kos reporter recalled being slurred by her, and while I can't find the receipts — crazy woman loves to tweet and delete — I recall vividly that Barr has said we should all drop support for LGBT orgs because they support the killing of Jews.

So, we should stop supporting the orgs that help homeless kids, suicidal people, older gay people, and that advocate for LGBT rights because Roseanne F. Barr thinks they're not pro-Israel enough.

Got it?

UPDATE: Logo stopped airing Roseanne reruns in April.

 
 
GOP Strategist: TRUMP & ROSEANNE ARE STONE-COLD RACISTS Comments (0)

Steve SchmidtEven Steve Schmidt is calling Trump and Roseanne out. (Image via MSNBC)

GOP strategist Steve Schmidt calls Roseanne and Trump what they are — stone-cold racists — and also rightly tamps down the notion that ABC's response is heroic (same goes for her castmates) ...

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Cameron Dallas Takes A Seat + Injured Gay Man Jumped From Train? + Roseanne Barr's Conflicting Tweets + Soros: Not A Nazi + MOLLY DODD Death + Where's Melania? + Puerto Rico's Real Death Toll + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

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Above: He looks good in summer sweats.

Below: Keep reading for Cameron Dallas's intimate moment, Roseanne Barr's Ambien cop-out and Soros smears, the gay-bashing that wasn't, Gowdy turning on Trump, and more ...

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