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Afterglow

From 264 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy

About the show

Midnight Theatricals presents the world premiere of this drama that explores the complexities of polyamory. More…

Josh and Alex, a married couple in an open relationship, invite Darius to share their bed one night. When a new intimate connection begins to form, all three men must come to terms with their individual definitions of love, loyalty, and trust as futures are questioned, relationships are shaken, and commitments are challenged.


Member Reviews (264)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy
74
Avg Score

75
Great staging, Great writing, Well acted, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if Theme of open relationships treated in a believable and relatable way. Well drawn characters+situations. Great staging especially for offoff

Don't see it if Nudity is a big part especially in act one. Though it does seem to become a non-issue 15 min into it. Gay themes are not for you.

65
Disappointing, Edgy, Great staging

See it if some good acting, some not. An okay story with very good staging. If you like a story about polygamy and nudity.

Don't see it if If you do not like nudity or stories about polygamy or the New York City scene.

70
Traditional, Resonant, Unoriginal, Fascinating

See it if you want to see a play about a love triangle that doesn't have anything new to say about the subject.

Don't see it if you're looking for new insights into the love triangle dynamic. The play is engaging enough but it's not particularly fresh.

45
Cliched, Great staging, Indulgent, Threadbare

See it if you want to see a stark and naked view of a gay relationship conflicted by the introduction of a third man to their lives... and bed.

Don't see it if you expect anything new or interesting on the topic of polyamory; you have any issues w/infidelity, male nudity or frank sexual simulation.

Also It is, no doubt, the "hot male nudity" that will attract the audiences... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you'd enjoy a somewhat superficial story about a gay threesome with much nudity and little depth, pleasing actors creating believable roles

Don't see it if you expect an in depth look at the many factors that impact a gay threesome, are uncomfortable with extensive full frontal nudity,

79
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Great staging, Profound

See it if you want a realistic portrayal of the struggles in relationships. Enjoy the marvelous facial and body expression of feelings by Joe Chisholm

Don't see it if you hate straining to hear every word due to a noisy air system or you are not open to being immersed in the variety of feelings presented.

69
Absorbing

See it if three men engage graphically in a polyamorous relationship in bed, in bath, and beyond.Trimmed from a traditional two-act to now a speedy 1.

Don't see it if nudies, nudies, nudies!

82
Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Rules for marriage, open marriage, polyamory, outside relationships, affairs, veto power, parenting, adoption, uncrossable line? It’s messy.

Don't see it if If you are uncomfortable with male kissing, hugging, or nudity; but this play is relevant for any gender relationship.

75
Ambitious, Cliched, Indulgent, Overrated, Relevant

See it if you enjoy involved relationships. Nudity, and gay interaction

Don't see it if are homophobic , dislike nudity

83
Ambitious, Relevant, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you’d be interested to see how polyamory might play out in a romantic relationship.

Don't see it if you fear nudity.

Also I like how this doesn’t treat polyamory as scandalous or salacious, bu... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you want to see an interesting study of love via an open gay marriage. Very believable characters. Great transitions between "scenes".

Don't see it if you don't like nudity or gay plays.

80
Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you want play that tackles love, romance, sex, commitment, monogamy, & polyamory. Well-written, cleverly directed/staged, nicely-acted.

Don't see it if not open to nudity, frank expressions of gay male sexuality, & challenging the convention of dyads as the only acceptable relationship form.

84
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like fully fleshed out characters in an unconventional relationship with great writing and staging

Don't see it if Homosexuality or male nudity upsets you

86
Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy, Provocative

See it if you want to develop a better understanding of the complexities and consequences of maintaining an open relationship

Don't see it if offended by nudity or closed off to trying to understand open relationships

Also I will admit that I did not expect to like this play as much as I did.... Read more Read less

70
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great actors, Slow, Relevant

See it if A gay triangle with often-naked actors mostly overcoming a straight melodramatic script working an ingenious set entices.

Don't see it if You’re homophobic, a prude or a prudish homophobic—or you seek any insight into, or celebration of, polyamory; it's not that.

Also Though it often sounds like a long first draft, there's actually a lot... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Profound

See it if You like intimate shows, beautiful bodies, great acting, lots of emotions, can understand different dynamics to relationships.

Don't see it if You are homophobic, a prude, don't like small sets, intimate spaces and are uncomfortable with nudity or polyamorous theme.

Also I read theough some of the negative reviews and call BS in them. I adm... Read more Read less

75
Relevant, Entertaining

See it if privileged metropolitan gays playing the field, even when married

Don't see it if nudity and sex positivity bothers you

84
Ambitious, Great staging, Edgy, Raunchy, Slow

See it if You love plays with male nudity, LGBT, simulated sex, cussing, love, jealousy, polygamy, sadness, new hope, and a nice, malleable, small set

Don't see it if Dislike all of the above. Lots of nudity and despite an engaging premise, it can feel slow. FYI,b early, bathroom's 2 small for intermission

71
Clever staging on small stage, Decent ensemble acting - could use stage hands, Nice bodies - gratuitous nudity, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in the consequences of open marriage; gay themes; nice bodies with male genitalia almost literally in your face.

Don't see it if you have difficulty hearing; don't like a 25 min story line stretched to 90 min; gay themes; or don't like plays with unresolved endings.

55
Cliched, Disappointing, Under-acted, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if you're aching to say naked actors on stage.

Don't see it if nudity offends you

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You don't mind gratuitous nudity. If you're looking for a gay show that addresses real issues other than nudity, HIV, or casual sex.

Don't see it if You buy into all the stereotypes about gay people. This show offered 3 varied profiles of a gay person, and their approaches to love

70
Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Edgy

See it if you are interested in shows about gay relationships, aren't offended by sexual content & full male nudity

Don't see it if you aren't open to shows about gay relationships, are offended by sexual content & male nudity

90
Great acting, Interesting

See it if You want to see some great acting from a most of the cast and clever staging that supports a gripping story.

Don't see it if You're bothered by uneven acting from one cast member and a script that still has occasional kinks left to be ironed out.

55
Disappointing, Fluffy, Interesting, Raunchy

See it if you like floppy dicks and wet men on stage

Don't see it if you prefer a more tastefully written play and dialogues that actually make sense

70
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Raunchy, Relevant

See it if You enjoy intimate plays with unique staging and that are risqué.

Don't see it if You are offended or easily embarrassed by male nudity, need to see shows in a large theater with a big stage.


August 18th, 2017
"The frequent nudity is so willfully carefree that it ends up looking forced...Gay domesticity is turning out to be tough to dramatize, as evidenced by such flawed shows as...‘Dada Woof Papa Hot’ and ‘Steve'...The soap-operatic 'Afterglow' doesn’t even reach their level...It has funny moments, al...
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June 23rd, 2017
"Initially stimulating but ultimately flaccid...The story becomes as predictable as a headache after a bender...Haagenson, Reilly, and Simpson do their best to rise above the limitations of the script, but they can't overcome the fact that none of these characters is particularly interesting...Th...
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June 29th, 2017
"The playwright, S. Asher Gelman, lets everyone speak his piece, exhaustively, with no cliché left unturned...If 'Afterglow' had been written with a modicum of wit, it might have made for a passable entertainment, but there isn't a single really amusing line over the course of two hours...What ke...
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August 17th, 2017
"Insightful, highly theatrical and fiercely acted...Mr. Gelman’s scenario and plot developments are well observed and true to life in their predictability. Gelman’s dialogue is realistic and perfectly crafted with flavorful simplicity...Despite the inevitability of its finale, 'Afterglow' is quit...
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