The Boys in the Band / Edition 1

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Overview

Drama

Characters: 9 male

Interior Set

This seminal work of the Off-Broadway movement premiered in 1968 and was a long-running hit onstage, later filmed with the original cast. In 2010, the play made a triumphant return to New York City in an highly praised production produced by Drama Desk and Obie Award winning Transport Group.

In his upper eastside Manhattan apartment, Michael is throwing a birthday party for Harold, a self-awoved "32 year-old, pock-marked, Jew fairy", complete with surprise gift: "Cowboy" a street hustler. As the evening wears on, fueled by drugs and alcohol, bitter, unresolved resentments among the guests come to light when a game of "Truth" goes terribly wrong.

"A play of real substance, one that deserves to be performed not occasionally but regularly."-The Wall Street Journal

"...terrifically thoughtful...The Boys in the Band emerges remarkably universal."-NY1

"...deliriously delicious..."-Gay City News

"The Boys in the Band... goes from wittily bitchy to heartbreakingly brutal..."-Out Magazine

"Witty, bitchy, revelatory and dazzlingly entertaining...the excoriating wit is still there."-New York Post

"Humor is still on key in this poignant, sparkling revival of a landmark gay play...the star of the evening is the play itself solidly built, still moving and enormously entertaining."-New York Daily News

"This is a play that takes the homosexual way of life totally for granted and uses this as a valid basis for human experience...the power of the play is the way in which it remorselessly peels away the pretensions of its characters."-The New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780573640049
  • Publisher: Samuel French, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/3/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 114
  • Sales rank: 810,411
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Mart Crowley was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. His first play, The Boys in the Band, opened Off-Broadway (1968) to estatic reviews. Crowley's other plays include Remote Asylum (1970), the autobiographical A Breeze from the Gulf (1973), and The Men from the Boys (2002). Crowley served first as the producer of the ABC series Hart to Hart.

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