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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

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.

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,

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!

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

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

66
Melodramatic, Great staging, Slow, Commendable

See it if you're looking for a new play that tackles modern gay relationship issues. It's a commendable effort but the writing/dialogue is not strong.

Don't see it if you're bothered by frank depictions of nudity, or if you're expecting a happy ending. I was kind of depressed by the end of the show.

Also Also, at 90 minutes & no intermission, this show felt long. They defin... Read more Read less

62
Cliched, Entertaining, Raunchy, Relevant, Highly sexual

See it if you might enjoy a gay drama with tons of nudity, blatant sexuality, and challenging questions about monogamy, promiscuity, and relationships

Don't see it if you find male nudity, simulated sex, and graphic talk vulgar, have little patience for a soap opera-like plot, and have no interest in gays.

56
Banal, Cliched, Indulgent

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.

50
Raunchy

See it if You want to see sex scenes that are irrelevant and seem extremely unnatural. If felt forced and overacted and super awkward. Like bad acting

Don't see it if You want good acting. You want a good script.

60
Edgy, Absorbing, Indulgent

See it if You are ok with male nudity and simulated sexual activity. This is not for the faint of heart and has a definite audience base.

Don't see it if You have issues with seeing male nudity and sexual activity between men.

Also Very disorganized theater with many staging problems. Audience was not... Read more Read less

60
Cliched, Dated, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy gratuitous male nudity and showers on stage.

Don't see it if you're expecting an edgy piece or a real conversation.

68
Almost good, Ambitious, Earnest, Silly, Contrived

See it if u r in a gay polyamorous relationship/ want gratuitous male nudity. Some thoughtful insight, decent enough acting that didn't compel overall

Don't see it if you're put off by indulgent gay themes/ soap opera drama/ a loud vent system. Again, some quality material that couldn't justify it all

63
Relationships get muddled

See it if you want to see an open relationship run into trouble

Don't see it if enough talking about what doesn't work.

Also Issues are the same whether gay or straight, if one works a day job & ... Read more Read less

50
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you want to a Lifetime movie like play that doesn't deliver on its promise of being a progressive look at open relationships.

Don't see it if you want a script that challenges audiences, your offended by male nudity, or you want characters that are not cliches.

69
Ambitious, Banal, Cliched, Great staging, Romantic

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

69
Sexy, Thought-provoking

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.

59
Ambitious, Entertaining, Banal, Relevant, Slow

See it if you're curious how open relationships start and work... or don't work. Or go if you're in the mood for good old-fashioned all-male nudity.

Don't see it if stereotypical NYC gay open relationships or nudity offends you.

Also Overall I thought this was an ambitious production but the dialog was ... Read more Read less

65
Slow, Disappointing, Relevant, Cliched

See it if male nudity trumps a good script and three nude men are enough of a reason to see a show.

Don't see it if male nudity freaks you out or you expect good writing and a serious look into polyamory and the issues around it.

Also I'll admit it, the idea of three naked men in a tiny theatre was a rea... Read more Read less

50
Ambitious, Dated, Insipid

See it if You like small plays about people struggling with relationships.

Don't see it if You want a play that you are 2 steps ahead of the entire time.

Also Very predictable

69
Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a predictable, formulaic story that is stimulating but does not feel fresh at all.

Don't see it if you don't like gay people.

67
Sexy, Entertaining, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see cute naked guys more than provocative Theater.

Don't see it if You find hot naked guys objectionsble.

52
Dated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if good actors but boring - dated - script. Actors being naked didn't help!

Don't see it if good actors but boring - dated - script. Actors being naked didn't help!

60
Disappointing, Intense, Indulgent

See it if to see naked men in the shower (although the performance I saw didn’t contain nudity).

Don't see it if well-written plays.

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Raunchy, Cliched, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a gay drama with lots of male nudity which attempts to tackle the exploration of different types of relationships.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy nudity & sexuality, especially between men. A somewhat over indulging cliched plot.

Also I must mention the staging/setting was very clever.

65
Absorbing, Disappointing, Intense, Raunchy, Cliched

See it if You're naive when it comes to the topics of polyamory and gay relationships and want some experience in a unique way

Don't see it if You're not ok with rather strong full frontal nudity, want realistic dialogue, and want a natural turn of events in terms of plotting.

Also I agree with a lot of the reviewers on here about the staging, the dir... Read more Read less


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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