Members say: Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy

About the show

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

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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.

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Recommended for 18 + (Language; Nudity)

Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

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The New York Times

"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, albeit of the inadvertent kind...The best joke of all, intended or not, may be the sly jab at the cult of youth among some gay men: Josh is having a midlife crisis — at the ripe age of 30." Full Review


"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...The most disappointing thing is that it seems to promise and then fails to deliver a thoughtful discussion of polyamory...In the end, the play leaves us not so much with an afterglow as an anticlimax." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"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 keeps 'Afterglow' passably watchable is the three talented young actors who -- very occasionally -- manage to endow these paper figures with something that passes for flesh and blood." Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

"Although their are numerous scenarios that feel unnecessary and hard to believe, Gelman with his cast of three very beautiful and talented men know how to keep our attention...They play out their overly long and slightly melodramatic tale that delivers few surprises in story line and character development...The three actors are impressive though, turning the material into something that feels honest and heartfelt, even as it drags out the romanticism of the doomed pair." Full Review


"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 quite engrossing. Its dazzling production elements magnify its achievements...The actors all give bold, brave and intense performances that transcend stereotypes." Full Review


"The playwright, who also directs, has painted no obvious villains here, just, perhaps, a portrait of immaturity and poor judgment. If we feel for anyone, it is the unborn baby...The production benefits from Ann Beyersdorfer's cleverly constructed set...The play does not necessarily add to our growing understanding about gay relationships, except to point out how they are not necessarily any different from heterosexual ones." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“A substantial drama with believable characters whose emotions are real and tug at the heart...Gelman skillfully creates three real people whose strengths and weaknesses make it difficult to judge their actions…Gelman leaves a great deal up in the air, just as such a situation would end in real life…Gelman directed his play to give each character his full worth. All the emotional ups and downs are clearly communicated. The play moves along with increasing speed to its finale.” Full Review


"An insightful new play...While the characters approach these questions from very different angles, it’s easy to identify with each one. All three actors embody recognizable perspectives...Through candid emotional dialogue, Gelman demonstrates a nuanced understanding of the stakes in gay dating and relationships...It’s vivid and honest depictions like these that foster a greater understanding of the way we live now." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Certainly Gelman has staged the play well...And the design is first-rate...Unfortunately, we end up with three people who are all kind of the same...Certainly the actors do what they can to add dimension...If at times the actors veer too quickly into heightened emotion, this is largely the result of Gelman’s script...The insularity and entitlement of all this is not only astonishingly tone-deaf, given contemporary conversations about privilege, but also makes for a weaker play." Full Review

Off Off Online

"What makes 'Afterglow' fresh and riveting is the hand of the director, Gelman himself, and the performances his actors deliver...Gelman has cast well. The players fit the bill physically: his three leads appear to be in a race to stamp out body fat. But it’s just as important that they make the decency and good intentions of their characters apparent...Gelman is nuanced as both a director and a writer...An impressive calling card from a gifted new playwright and director." Full Review

Reviews Off Broadway

“‘Afterglow’ is the bittersweet story of a polyamorous relationship that ultimately brings emotional problems to the couple at the core. Beautifully acted by Brandon Haagenson, Robbie Simpson and Patrick Reilly, the play may be too slow or have too much nudity for some audiences—but it is well worth it. The cast brings honesty to the proceedings. You can fully feel the growing bonds between all three of these men, which gives audiences a real stake in the outcome.” Full Review

The Modernist Beat

“An innovative work that represents a new chapter in the American LGBTQ theatrical tradition...By placing the erotic moment at the beginning of the play, Gelman acknowledges the history of his sub-genre and moves beyond...Ultimately, the play, while having special appeal and resonance to a gay audience, speaks to all...All three members of the cast portray their flawed characters simply and honestly.” Full Review

Gay City News

“This is Gelman’s first effort as a playwright and it shows. Although the plot is compelling, the occasionally insightful dialogue can turn wooden or preachy…'Afterglow' flirts with melodrama throughout...The actors do a solid job tackling demanding roles...Gelman’s dynamic staging helps mask the script’s limitations…Flaws aside, if the goal was to shine a brief light on the potential joys and pitfalls of queer polyamory, the overly ambitious ‘Afterglow’ succeeds as it titillates.” Full Review

Plays to See

"The play looks honestly at gay intimacy, and asks if a committed marriage truly be open...Patrick Reilly as Darius is flawless, his character articulating the complexities of gay culture without descending into caricature. Robbie Simpson, as the more mature partner in the marriage, is a standout...I took off a star for the play’s last sequences, which drew out uncomfortably with long pauses of moody silence and brings the play’s brilliant momentum to a grinding halt." Full Review

Boy Culture

"What it offers, on the down side, is some vapid talk from adult gay men who at times express themselves like teenage girls, and, on the up side, eventual emotional payoff when everyone stops pretending and says exactly how they feel...The acting is uniformly fine here, with each performer pouring heart and soul into lines that don't always deserve it...Definitely provoked thought on the topics of sex, relationships and family as seen through a contemporary gay lens." Full Review

Beauty News NYC

“Gelman brings to the stage the very personal story of a threesome with heart, grit and a non-gratuitous exploration of the complex theme…Kudos to the cast…While the first act runs over an hour and is intriguingly constructed with solid writing, the second act fumbles a bit with too many repetitive topics and dramatics bordering on melodramas seen on Netflix…However, the actors, staging and even the lighting design save the production…A probing story for all sexes.” Full Review

The Gay & Lesbian Review

"The superficial pleasures of watching randy eye candy evolved into a sobering exploration of the pitted emotional terrain of a gay marriage...The acting is at a high level, especially notable given that the three characters are not always fully fleshed out...However, unexamined elements of real life, as opposed to theatrical life, risk leaving the play less than the sum of its engaging parts...A worthy first effort that gives three actors the chance to display their chops." Full Review

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Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, 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

Thought-provoking, Sexy

See it if you like discussion-starting plays about gay relationships and open relationships or want a good dose of full male nudity in a small theatre

Don't see it if you expect the play to fully explore a complicated topic in a thorough, multi-dimensional manner or if you find lots of nudity gimmicky.

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.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Great staging

See it if You want to be a voyeur into the physical & emotional dynamics of a gay married couple’s relationship with a 3rd partner.

Don't see it if You may have had an previous experience in a threesome or open relationship. May be a trigger.

Relevant, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Under-acted

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

Don't see it if nudity offends you

Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid

See it if You want to see three naked men in stage. That’s literally the only reason it’s still open.

Don't see it if You want a thoughtful, well-written take in polyamory that doesn’t give in to easy moralizing and soap opera dramatics. At 90 min. it DRAGS

Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if the nudity is tantalizing to you. The show relies on it and creative staging a bit too much. Makes it fun but lacks some depth.

Don't see it if You want to know what brought this couple together or more depth in their story. You see cracks in the relationship but the play needs more

Raunchy, Disappointing, Interesting, Fluffy

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

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

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.

Resonant, Cliched, Slow

See it if you want to see a show exploring relationships from multiple levels.

Don't see it if you are traditional, opposed to nudity, open relationship, homosexuality.

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

See it if you would like to see what can happen when involved in a three some. great story.

Don't see it if if you don't want to see male nudity

Absorbing, Intelligent, Romantic, Banal, Entertaining

See it if you like your sexy gay plays to have a brain

Don't see it if nudity offends you--there's a lot

Also I had heard the play was better than expected, but I saw it with some ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great staging

See it if You want to see a steamy 1 act show that tackles selfhood when commitment & relationship boundaries are challenged.

Don't see it if You don't like nudity. You don't like gay themes. You don't like plays that explore relationships, selfhood or boundaries.

Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, 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.

Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if are interested in a well above average story about modern gay life. It explores relevant topics to modern married gay life.

Don't see it if are squeamish about full male nudity or are uptight about non-traditional marriages. The actors bare it all (physically/emotionally).

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

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

Naked boys singing without the singing

See it if You appreciate male nudity and don’t expect much else.

Don't see it if You expect to see a thought-provoking or emotionally engaging drama about open relationships.

Indulgent, Banal, Cliched

See it if You are titillated by the naked male form. Or, in this case, 3 naked male forms as they work out their problems being a throuple, ad nauseam

Don't see it if You expect anything relevant or believable about marriage between two people who are committed to each other.

Profound, Relevant, Melodramatic, Erotic

See it if Intriguing to witness if open relationship has a place between otherwise solid soulmates. More mature than raunchy

Don't see it if expect plenty of full male nudity and heavy portrayal of gay love - mostly harmless though. Sex is just an appetizer, drama takes the stage

Also Lighting and shower mechanics are darn impressive and beautifully done... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Edgy, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see a relevant story involving gay culture in modern times. It is intimate and the small space is used well.

Don't see it if You are offended by full frontal nudity (there's lots). Also the play does not feel fully developed, but certainly not terrible in any way.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Erotic

See it if You are looking for a challenging evening of theatre that explores both the physical as well as the emotional sides of a gay relationship.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with graphic gay male themes and full frontal nudity.

Also The show promotes itself as an erotic work with two of the three cast ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You are interested in intense interpersonal drama or like dramas that investigate gay city life.

Don't see it if You do not like nudity or raw emotion in a small intimate space.

Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Great staging

See it if You like shows that make you think about different type of relationships. Really great staging in an intimate theater made the show personal

Don't see it if Male Nudity or gay themes/ relationships is not your speed.

Ambitious, Romantic, Banal, Cliched, Great staging

See it if you`re gay, or sympathize them

Don't see it if you don't want to imagine how gay life is going

Raunchy, Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You’ve never seen a penis in stage and feel the need to see three.

Don't see it if You have pornhub and Amazon Prime.

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