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Party Like It’s 1968

Party Like It’s 1968

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | When “The Boys in the Band,” the comic drama about a hellish birthday party full of snarky, self-loathing homosexuals, premiered in a fringy venue in 1968, it was slated to run for only fie days. But the frank, nonjudgmental portrayal of this maligned minority, never before seen onstage, caused such a sensation […]

Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Simpering, self-loathing gay stereotypes. That’s why many naysayers are refusing to see the revival of “The Boys in the Band,” now on Broadway for the first time. And that’s a shame — shouldn’t the play be seen as a cautionary period piece, showing how strained life for gay men once was and […]

Cape Cod’s New Impresario

Cape Cod’s New Impresario

BY DAVID NOH | Old Cape Cod is really gonna rock, theatrically speaking, with the recent appointment of writer and actor David Drake as artistic director of the esteemed 13-year-old Provincetown Theater. “Beginning in 2010, David Drake has built a wonderfully successful relationship with our theater community, staging shows for us as a freelance director,” said […]

Seasonal Enticements

Seasonal Enticements

BY DAVID NOH | Disarming young talent has recently been ruling at 54 Below. On November 25, I caught adorable two-time Tony nominee Robin De Jesús’ “Crush to Crushed,” which unapologetically charted the search for gay love and what happens once you find it. A veritable firecracker of energy onstage, De Jesús offered enviable vocal chops […]

De Jesus Rises

De Jesus Rises

BY DAVID NOH | Robin de Jesus is still in his 20s, but he is already a Broadway veteran, having literally grown up before our eyes since his big debut in the movie “Camp” in 2003. That film propelled him into an acting career and was followed by his taking over the role of Angel in […]