This fast pace play by Jordan Seavey is quite the attention grabber. Director Derek Van Barnham manages to unleash on his audience a high-energy play that has little or no plateau for most of its duration. As a result, the demand on the actors, Nelson Rodriguez and Niko Kourtis, to commit themselves to a passionate delivery (especially during the short staccato scenes) is dynamic. The heady, jousting between the lovers is edgy, as it constantly pushes us to piece together an emotional subtext cleverly disguised in a disjointed timeline. Subjects, personal and political, strewn throughout the play, become a pastiche of gay life in New York pre and post-marriage equality (2006-2011). There is never a dull moment. The playwright forces us into the action, drives us to be part of the discussion, and challenges us to reconsider our own prejudices.
From the beginning to end, the play reflects a changing political landscape and the effects it has on gay life. Moreover, while some things move forward, some remain the same. The problems presented in the play are still with us today, despite the strides towards equality.
Pride Arts Center
4139 N Broadway