Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s, 1920s
Settings Of Play - Several locations. 1920 - 1971
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Smoking
College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
In Brave Smiles...Another Lesbian Tragedy, master satirists The Five Lesbian Brothers turn their merciless eyes on the history of lesbians in theater, film, and literature. From their dismal yet erotically charged beginnings at the orphanage under the grip of a sadistic headmistress, our five heroines cross continents and a century to face their absurdly tragic ends. Along the way, they experience alcoholism, suicide, loneliness, pill popping, blacklisting, and a malignant brain tumor. Students of the lesbian art of misery will recognize gleeful skewerings of The Well of Loneliness, The Group, Maedchen in Uniform, and The Children's Hour in this rollicking, hilarious, and smart multicharacter classic.
"Smart, satirical farce that uses laughter and touches of raunchy humor to debunk the myth of the doomed lesbian." - The New York Times
"Parodies gay clichés about lesbian destiny with deadly accuracy." - LA Times
Brave Smiles...Another Lesbian Tragedy premiered at the WOW Cafe in New York City in January 1992 under the direction of Kate Stafford.