Primary Stages presents the story of two gay U.S. State Department employees in 1950 who have been tasked with identifying "sexual deviants" within their ranks. More…
It's 1950 and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Federal employees Bob and Norma are gay, and have married each other’s partners as a carefully constructed cover. Now they are being asked to investigate and name the homosexuals in their department. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, madcap 'I Love Lucy' sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two All-American couples are forced to stare down the closet door, confronting the very struggles facing society today.
See it if you like polished plays and don't mind a problematic script. The premise is great, but the tone careens from flippant/humorous to serious.
Don't see it if you need more than a gorgeous set/costumes and strong performances. The look at 1950 gay relations gets muddied. Disappointing.
See it if it's a great play. Really well acted. None of the actors stand out as being the weakest link so the flow is never broken. Fabulous costumes!
Don't see it if ending is self righteous, hard to believe and, in historical terms, misguided. Some shows think that a sad ending makes them more serious.
See it if You enjoy dramedies about relationships and stories about the LGBT community and what they faced back in the 1950s.
Don't see it if You don't like stories focusing on the LGBT community.
See it if you enjoy campy comedies with serious themes.
Don't see it if you want a fully realized play. The playwright hasn't decided if he wants this play to be a farce or something more serious.
See it if You appreciate socially relevant stories, are interested in recent history, have strong memories of the 1950's.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy seeing shows with gay characters.
See it if you're looking for an entertaining evening of 1950s style (dialogue, costumes, setting) with an edge. The cast is fantastic.
Don't see it if you can't get past a few well-intentioned cliches. The ending is heartfelt and true to the style of the piece, but a bit cliched.
See it if you like safe plays. You want to consider LGBT issues through an old-fashioned lens. You like 50's-60's fashion.
Don't see it if The performances were just OK. The ideas never really came together for me in spite of some entertaining moments. The sitcom part fell flat.
See it if You like getting tense with anticipation, knowing things as an audience member that some characters don't know.
Don't see it if You don't want to be immersed (through decor, costumes, dialogue) in the period in which the show takes place.
See it if you want a hilarious play that turns on a dime to become a heart-wrenching drama that is all too close to home
Don't see it if you don't want to be depressed by finding out that many of the issues that were present then are still prevalent today
See it if you want to see a hilarious play about a subject that's rarely talked about that also makes you think
Don't see it if you're not a fan of shows with stressful situations
See it if great story, humor, acting, & characters. My friends and I have taken to calling it "the best play-no qualifiers." I can't praise it enough.
Don't see it if you have a very conservative sense of humor
See it if you are willing to be a champion of change, freedom, and choice. Smart, complex, well written and nicely acted. Great.
Don't see it if you think great theater needs to have a movie star in it. The actors here are off-bway masters and each offer a must-see performance
See it if You want to see one of the best plays of the season - with sharp wit and smart writing.
Don't see it if You prefer large-scale musicals or brainless comedies.
See it if You are interested in a brand new voice talking about American History that went largely overshadowed-but has incredible relevance today
Don't see it if You are a conservative republican.