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In the Closet

From 30 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

About the show

This multigenerational dramedy about self-worth and self-acceptance explores what it means to come of age as a gay man. More…

"In the Closet" centers around four men exploring the various reasons one might “closet” oneself, leaving the audience to wonder: can any one of them ever walk out? The show also explores the complex nature of what it means to be trapped; both the kind of trapping that’s brought about by others and the kind of trapping we do to ourselves.

A portion of the proceeds from this production will be donated to the National LGBT Cancer Project.

Member Reviews (30)


Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing
Avg Score

Riveting, Profound, Great acting, Edgy

See it if Two great actors Mc Donald and Shannon are really good. Funny, sad, and insightful. Well directed show.

Don't see it if You do not like nudity or language that can be ruff. If you want something more upbeat and easier.

Indulgent, Resonant, Slow, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if Gay bashing theme as defining moment in young man's life - often sincere yet feels slightly queasy as dramatic device Acting is melodramatic

Don't see it if Flashback motif takes time to process & then proves to lack any subtlety Take away = hindsight is 20/20; nothing new to human experience

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Memory play of four men's reminiscences of their limiting gay lives and by extension, how we all lead limiting lives by choice or not.

Don't see it if Difficult to not walk in cliche when telling a specific story of a very specific group. End of life, cancer, and rape discussions. Shouting.

Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in Gay life and the mentalities of some Gay men. There are many humorous moments but this is essentially a serious play.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in the world of Gay men or you’re looking for a light and breezy production.

Less than it needs to be, Some memorable moments..., Lgbtq memory play?, Yelling replaces true emotion, Sometimes interesting idea?

See it if like "do U remember" plays, need another take on gay men questioning their lives, want your tears jerked, some good acting despite material

Don't see it if can't abide low budget productions, no interest in gay plays, no toleration for frequent yelling, don't understand abstraction, need comedy

Great acting, Great writing, Perceptive self-awareness, Closet seems safe but live is outside, Gay life in review

See it if Gay denial, self-doubt, self-harm, promiscuity, facing feelings, overcoming guilt & shame, searching friends, companionship, intimacy, love.

Don't see it if Characters represent self at various ages. Coming out may always be a challenge, but parts of this play seem dated.


See it if Gay men of different ages reflecting on why they go into the closet but also realize why they leave it, even when it seems scary.

Don't see it if 100% about cis gay men aging isn't your thing. Shatters "It gets better" trope. Low budget sets distract you.

Also Diversity: 4 gay white men characters from young to old.... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if and only you can't get tickets to see Torch Song Trilogy.

Don't see it if you go to the theater to see something special, because this ain't the experience you are looking for.

Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if You’re lgbtq+ of any age. Understand the gay male’s plight. It actually surprised me. I wasn’t sure of the direction, but, it steered right

Don't see it if Anti- lbgt or sex talk... and against a show which could’ve done without an intermission. Non-musical, with some music...

Profound, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you are interested in the vicissitudes of human existence and the life cycle, you are interested in understanding gay culture

Don't see it if you want a big Broadway show with stars, you prefer musicals, you can't deal with serious issues, you are offended by LGBTQ themes

Also I am a straight white woman and I was enraptured by the concept and th... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Cliched

See it if interesting in different stage of male gay life that performed by four very talented actors; want to see an interesting story

Don't see it if Against gay; dislike small theater, sad moments. Shouting and freely hugging men make you uncomfortable as well as rape discussion

Thought-provoking, A bit confusing (non-linear), Thoughtful writing, Good acting

See it if You’re interested in gay topics. You’re interested in age and age related topics.

Don't see it if You have no interest in Gay or age related topics

Also Don’t come back late from the intermission. If you do so you may find ... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if Care about gay life’s different stages; smart plot and affective storytelling; with twist in 2nd act;

Don't see it if Ending is a bit weird; set is bare; ppl in front row can block the lower half of actors’ body;

Tearjerker, Melodramatic, Cliched, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You are interested in gay-centered stories with heavy themes. You like to support small productions.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in LGBT lives. You are expecting a comedy. Despite some witty banter, this is a tearjerker.

Also For a small production, the acting is surprisingly good, especially fr... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You want a look inside the LGBTQ experience

Don't see it if You want a large production or don’t care about LGBTQ people

Also There is some great acting here. Better than what you see many times i... Read more Read less

Confusing, Cliched, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You like psychologically complex pieces about the struggles of being gay.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in gay themes, or pieces that are too dark. This show portrays a lot of turmoil. Not a comedy.

Also Despite the low production values, the writing is intriguing. Paul Pag... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Well acted, Clever writing, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if you like Gay coming of age stories with a twist

Don't see it if you are triggered by rape or euthanasia,

Also as we commemorate 50years of the Stonewall Riots and Celebrate World P... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you're gay or interested in LGBT theme of being in the closet or coming out of it. Great closet metaphor w/ a touch of "Back in the Future".

Don't see it if you're not interested in LGBT theme, small venue w/ obstructed views. The stage is too low & only front row could see actions on the floor.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a powerful exploration of what it means to be a gay man in the United States, livened with plenty of humor.

Don't see it if you prefer high tech productions or musicals. This is definitely an old-fashion off-Broadway production with an accent on the acting.

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if It’s a good story about the life of a gay man during four stages of his life. I felt it was well written and interesting.

Don't see it if If it’s big Broadway you are after.

Intelligent, Drawn out, Interesting, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you would enjoy a play that's a thought provoking exploration of a gay mans life.

Don't see it if You are opposed to gay subject matter.

Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like psychologically based shows and shows about gay themes.

Don't see it if You are upset by verbally graphic descriptions of rape. You do not like shows that are almost totally reminiscing

Also I do not know what people are complaining about. I thought that the ac... Read more Read less

Good acting, Ambitious, Intense, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like good drama and acting.

Don't see it if you are homophobic or if you are not interested in the problems of growing up gay.

Edgy, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Confusing

See it if you're interested in the difficulties gay men experience at different ages; very good acting; creative writing

Don't see it if gays don't interest you; you like light drama; you don't want to hear profanity, sexual references and a lot of yelling

Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are a young, middle aged, or elderly gay male.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the gay experience.

“In the Closet” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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