A deliriously delicious, bitingly bitchy, groundbreaking gay play comes to Perth!
Award-winning director Barry Park is at the helm of the forthcoming GRADS’ production of Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking smash hit play THE BOYS IN THE BAND, which will be staged at The Dolphin Theatre, UWA from 4th to 14th November, during PrideFest.
One of the first productions to put gay lives front and centre, it is about a group of entertaining, angst-ridden, openly gay men who gather for a friend’s birthday – which goes horribly wrong.
‘This play has a wide appeal,’ Park says, ‘as it is an engrossing, character-driven story. Older audiences will be reminded about how different attitudes and values were in the 60s, while those who are younger will be intrigued to see how difficult it was to be gay 52 years ago. Many will recognise aspects of themselves in the play, as essentially the play is about how people relate to one other. ‘
When THE BOYS IN THE BAND first opened, the 1968 off-Broadway game-changer broke new ground in its depiction of mostly gay, mostly New York characters.
Over time, the play has come to be seen as pivotal to opening up dialogue. It continues to be meaningful and many celebrate it as a pioneering work in the LGBTQ canon, worthy of honouring with a revisit.
THE BOYS IN THE BAND has received accolades from reviewers. ‘A play of real substance, one that deserves to be performed not occasionally but regularly,’ wrote The Wall Street Journal. ‘THE BOYS IN THE BAND … goes from wittily bitchy to heartbreakingly brutal…’ Out Magazine observed.
Tickets are $35, $25 concession (groups of 8+, pensioners, students). Book at: https://www.ticketswa.com/ Enquiries: info@ticketsWA.com Phone: 08 6488 2440 Call between Noon and 4pm on weekdays. The Dolphin Theatre is located within the University of WA with entry from Mounts Bay Road or Hackett Drive. Parking is free. The production is by arrangement with ORIGIN Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French Inc.