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Boys in the Band

4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0573640049
ISBN-10: 0573640041
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About 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel French, Inc. (December 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0573640041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0573640049
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a clever play that enjoyed enormous success some forty years ago, ten years before AIDS and before gay people dared to hope that they would ever be accepted. It presents us with a slice of gay male life as it was back then. It deals with the spiritual aridity of gay life among a group of gay men meeting to celebrate the birthday of one of them, who is presented with a young hustler as a gift. None of these men are getting anywhere. Although the obligatory suicide or murder is missing from this play, it still presents a damning view of homosexuality that must have pleased the moralists. There is no mention of the budding gay rights movement, which got off the ground between the play and the movie, but one can be sure that these losers would never have joined the movement anyway. It reminds me of a gay party I attended in 1976. Everybody there was drunk except me. They were staggering around talking nonsense about how respectable they had become. They were just as demoralized as the guys in the play.
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One of my favorite plays...It may be dated and it may be camp, but it's classic and holds its own. Well developed characters that you can love or hate...strong language...gay humor and a little bit of truth here and there. A snapshot of another time...
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Read with my book group. Fascinating to read it as a historical period piece. Very well written and easily leads to a discussion as to how things are different (or the same). Still controversial but an important read.
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