Home / Events / Theater / The Boys in the Band

The Boys in the Band

AARON SPENCER
7:30 pm Thursdays-Sundays (no shows May 24-26). 7:30 pm Tuesday, June 11. 7:30 pm Wednesdays, May 22 and June 5 and 12. Through June 22., Monday June 17 | $15-$20.
Private home
3125 E Burnside St.
 
The 1968 off-Broadway production of Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band was the first depiction of gay men to reach a mainstream audience. Defunkt Theatre offers a memorable production directed by Jon Kretzu (running in repertory with The Children’s Hour; see review also on this page). Staged in a private home on East Burnside Street, an audience of roughly a dozen lines the walls of a midcentury-designed living room. The effect is intimacy not only with the actors, who at times stand inches from your face and even step on your shoe, but also between audience members: You share every laugh and awkward moment with the person sitting across the room. The play could be set today with only minimal line adjustments. The guests are archetypes for any group of gay men: the neurotic one, the know-it-all, the lothario, the butch one, the femme one, and so on. One-liners zing back and forth with zeal that would put Henny Youngman to shame, and the dishing and self-deprecation are relentless. Particularly magnetic is Harold (Matthew Kerrigan), who practically hisses his nihilistic worldview between puffs of his cigarette. When Michael (Jeffrey Arrington) accuses him of being late, he dryly retorts, “What I am, Michael, is a 32-year-old, ugly, pockmarked Jew fairy.” Equally but more joyfully engaging is Matthew Kern’s effeminate Emory. “Who do you have to fuck to get a drink around here?” he squeals. While many parts of The Boys in the Band are relevant today, others—the shame, the self-hate, the blame on an overbearing mother—are quickly becoming vestiges of a more tortured time. Perhaps gay culture is fleeting, and perhaps that’s good. Maybe years from now, the next generation will watch Will and Grace reruns and imagine how different things used to be.

Where: Private home
Address: 3125 E Burnside St.
Website: https://www.boxofficetickets.com/bot/wa/event?id=226815

 
 

Private home

3125 E Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97214
 
Other events in Theater

Herbie Hancock Quartet

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014

[JAZZ LEGEND] With shelves groaning under the weight of Grammy Awards, Oscars, jazz awards of every kind and a new memoir coming out next month, it's easy to lionize ...

7:30 pm Sunday, Sept. 21. | $35-$125.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 1037 SW Broadway Portland Web | Map

Igor Kamenz

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014

[CLASSICAL PIANO] Now in his 40s, the one-time Russian piano prodigy Igor Kamenz makes his Portland Piano International debut with two very d ...

4 pm Sunday, Sept. 21, 7:30 pm Monday, Sept. 22. | $46-$54.

NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014

NT Live, which brings performances from London's West End to screens around the world via hi-def broadcast, presents Tennessee Williams' classic play, starring Gillian Anderson (Scully!) as Blanche ...

2 and 7 pm Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 20-21 and 2 pm Sunday, Oct. 26 | $15-$20
World Trade Center Theater 121 SW Salmon St. Web | Map
Also At Private home
There's no more events in Private home
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
comments powered by Disqus
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close