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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.”

V2-Boys-Tuc-Watkins-Michael-Benjamin-Washington-and-Matt-Bomer-in-THE-BOYS-IN-THE-BAND-Photo-by-Joan-Marcus-2018-1All Boys calling

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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May 25 2018
Hunks In Trunks + Weinstein's Perv Walk + Kim Jong-un Continues To Play Trump + Assange On The Move? + Sedaris's Twisted Advice + Madonna-Fan Dust-Up + Britney: The Musical + MORE! — 12 -PACK Comments (0)

Above: This interesting side-by-side of Madonna then and now is the subject of a hot, fancentric debate about credit for ideas and/or for the original work in question. (Details after the jump.)

Below: Swimsuit-clad studs, Weinstein arrested, Madonna mayhem, Britney musical, and more ...

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May 24 2018
Amiss Before Dying: A Review Of PEACE FOR MARY FRANCES Comments (0)

OriginalLois Smith, 87 and still a master on the stage (Image via Serge Nivelle)

Lois Smith is giving one of the most challenging and dynamic performances I've ever seen from an older actor — she is 87 — in Peace for Mary Frances, a new dysfunctional-family drama with black-comic touches that opened Wednesday evening at the Pershing Square Center in NYC.

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May 23 2018
Matt Bomer On Being Totally Nude Onstage Comments (0)

Matt BomerHow did this not happen on the night I was there?! (Video still via NBC)

Matt Bomer confessed to Jimmy Fallon that he forgot a towel he needed in a shower scene, leaving him 100% nude onstage in The Boys in the Band ...

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Zachary Quinto Has Tennessee Williams's Cocaine Dispenser Comments (0)

Zachary QuintoThey go there. (Video still via CBS)

Boys in the Band-er Zachary Quinto confirmed a fourth and a fifth Star Trek feature, said he believes we are not alone in the universe, talks about narrating In Search Of ..., and talks about a unique Tennessee Williams keepsake he owns ...

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May 17 2018
Josh Brolin Naked As The Day He Was Spawned + Porn Star Dishes On Clients + MURPHY BROWN Catch-Up + Ruthie Ann Miles Loses Baby + Trump: Slams ANIMALS + Madonna, Janet & Christina + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: A pec-tacular view.

Discounted Tix for The Boys in the Band — HERE!

Below: Keep reading for Josh Brolin naked, Rafael Alencar's A-list clients, the return of Murphy Brown, Christina Aguilera's greatest lewks, Janet Jackson thanking her fans for the birthday wishes, and Trump's latest slur against immigrants ...

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May 15 2018
Kathie Lee Gifford Mispronouncing Quinto Almost Unleashed Zachary's Inner Harold Comments (0)

Boys Band Bway(Video still via NBC)

Some of The Boys in the Band's cast members woke up for Today, only to have Kathie Lee Gifford murder Zachary Quinto's name!

Other than that, fun interview. No Jim Parsons — he twisted his ankle at Saturday's curtain call, resulting in his missing an evening show and Sunday ...

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