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Boys in the Band, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Boys in the Band, The

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Full Length Play, Drama

9m

ISBN: 9780573640049

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.


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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Time Period - 1960s

Settings Of Play - Apartment the East Side in New York City. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

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 !@#$%^&* to heartbreakingly brutal..."–Out Magazine

"Witty, !@#$%^&*, 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

The Boys In the Band was first presented at Theatre Four in New York City on April 14, 1968. It was directed by Robert Moore.
Characters

CASTING

9m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Male, Multicultural casting

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

MICHAEL - thirty, average face, smartly groomed.
DONALD - twenty-eight, medium blond, wholesome American good looks.
EMORY - thirty-three, small, frail, very plain.
LARRY - twenty-nine with a starkly simple sense of individual style and color in his clothes. Dark eyes, dark hair, extremely handsome.
HANK - thirty-two, tall, solid, athletic, attractive.
BERNARD - twenty-eight, African-American, tall, gaunt, nice-looking, dressed in Ive-League clothes.
COWBOY - twenty-two, light blond, muscle-bound, too pretty.
HAROLD - thirty-two, dark, lean, strong limbs, unusual face.
ALAN - thirty, aristocratic Anglo-Saxon features.
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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Reviews
Michael Bruno 5/30/2015 10:05 AM
We chose to produce this show to open our new season for StageQ.  A ground-breaking show that hold s a mirror up to Gay lifestyle in American in the late 60's.

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