25 posts categorized "JIM PARSONS"

Jun 21 2019
Gus Kenworthy Barefoot Delight + Christian Groups Gunning For LGBTQ Rights + Trump's Iran Gamble + Disabled Hottie + Madonna's Dance Battle + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: I post him a lot, but ... come ON.

BELOW: Keep reading for Gus Kenworthy's Barefoot delight, Trump's craven Iran gamble, Shawn Mendes cuddling, Madonna's dance battle and more ...

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Dec 07 2018
Hot Calendar For A Cause + Mister Richard E. Grannnnt! + Ausiello Memoir To Big Screen + Chris Mazdzer's Undies + Lin-Manuel & Gaga + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Fully backed up.

BELOW: Hot calendar for a good cause, Trump's ambassadorial missteps, Kevin Hart's self-loving non-apology and more ...

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Sep 13 2018
Steamy Roleplay + Trump Dumps On P.R.: Deaths Never Happened! + Kavanaugh Docs Sent To FBI + Eric Trump Goes Full-On Anti-Semitic + Gay TOY STORY Nuptials + Lourdes Strikes A Pose + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: A li'l close-up magic.

BELOW: Keep reading for Trump's Hurricane Maria denial, hot and funny roleplaying, Henry Cavill riding the Superman controversy, remembering Nell Carter and more ...

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Jun 03 2018
Jim Parsons On Roseanne Barr: Who Is She, Who Was She, Who Does She Hope To Be? Comments (0)

Jim Parsons“How ... and why?” (Video still via CNN)

Jim Parsons comments on comedy in the age of Trump ...

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Jun 01 2018
The Men Of INSECURE + Rubio Campaign Chair Likens Obama To Curious George + Aiden Turner Shirtless + Pogo Says His Pulse Cheering Was For Pretend + Feckless C-Gate Rages + MORE! — 12 PACK Comments (0)

Above: The eventual unveiling is going to be a pretty picture. Follow here.

Below: Insecure hotness, the shirtless Poldark hunk, Vienna readying itself for Patti LaBelle, anti-gay Pogo claims he was just joshing' around and is really bicurious (but also loves right-wing nuts), Trump digs in on Samantha Bee, and more ...

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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 06 2018
THE BOYS Are Back In Town Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2018-05-06 at 2.41.58 PMCrowley defends the play against criticism that it's too negative. (Video still via CBS)

Great piece on The Boys in the Band playwright Mart Crowley on CBS This Morning today. So wonderful that he lived to see his work on the Great White Way — it's in previews now and opens May 31.

My Boys in the Band Flashback Piece — HERE!

The piece also contains quotes from some of the plays stars, including Matt Bomer, Tuc Watkins, Jim Parsons, and Zachary Quinto ...

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