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Straight

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

About the show

'Straight' is a drama about the complexity of relationships and sexual attraction in our modern age. More…

Meet Ben. Ben is a 26-year investment banker. Ben likes beer, sports, and Emily. And Chris. This three-character drama meditates on fidelity, identity, and the moral complex of a generation that prides itself on the pretense of acceptance.


Member Reviews (241)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Funny
81
Avg Score

80
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Unexpected

See it if you want to see an unconventional and unexpected take on what is becoming a hackneyed premise (questioning one's sexuality) in NY theatre.

Don't see it if you are expecting (and looking for) the usual, stereotypical, sitcom-style handling of the gay-straight-bisexual question.

70
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Sad, Inconsistent, Problematic

See it if you're interested in different (though problematic) takes on contemporary sexuality.

Don't see it if you don't want a bunch of straight people's perspectives on what it means to be gay.

89
Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like issue plays, want to explore how people lie to themselves, see a cute little romance grow, have a starj reaction to a sudden ending

Don't see it if you are married and in the closet, you think you know the subject already, gay plots upset you especially gay PDA's

94
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to relate to challenges that humans face in their relationships.

Don't see it if you do not have tolerance for the variety of human conditions.

60
Cliched, Dated, Great acting, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy plays cast with Gen X characters who seem to have no other deep interests beyond "figuring out my life and what that means".

Don't see it if If you are wanting to have a meaningful, thought-provoking experience at the theatre. To me this was the theatrical equivalent of a selfie

65
Great acting, Relevant, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if you want to see good actors in a less than profound treatment of bisexuality.

Don't see it if you expect to learn anything substantial about the fluidity of sexuality.

79
Funny sad poignant intelligent relevant

See it if The excellent Jake Epstein as a gay man who feels he must conform and date a nice girl even if it means a life of unhappiness.

Don't see it if A bit anachronistic as I'd hoped we'd gotten beyond this point by now. Tom Sullivan is fine as the college boy he sees on the side.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great set

See it if you want to see a story that explores sexuality without getting raunchy.

Don't see it if frank discussions about sexuality offend you.

85
Ambitious, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you'd enjoy a thoughtful, funny, and affecting examination of whether our society is really as accepting as we want to think it has become.

Don't see it if you're only in town one day and absolutely must see a musical.

66
Confusing, Dizzying, Raunchy, Slow

See it if you want a drama

Don't see it if you want a thought provoking show

54
Cliched, Banal, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if Meh. Ok, but missable

Don't see it if Kinda slow.

68
Disappointing, Great acting, Cliched, Unsatisfying but realistic ending

See it if you can identify with a lead character who is afraid of confronting his sexuality. Jake Epstein was excellent.

Don't see it if you don't like LGBTQ shows or are looking for a show that wraps up the story in a pretty little bow.

85
Absorbing, Great staging, Profound

See it if ...just see it. Take anyone who questions their place in life and labels others impose on others. Profound & emotional.

Don't see it if LGBT Bothers you or if you are homophobic or closed minded. If you tend to get over emotional...don't see it.

87
Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Are questioning Love a good "straight" play Open-minded

Don't see it if You're close-minded and .... Phobic

98
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You like drama based on current racial topics.

Don't see it if If you are not open-minded about racially charged topics.

49
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You've never heard all the arguments pro/con gay/straight relations.

Don't see it if You will *not* believe the ending of this play. Baffling.

85
Great acting, Resonant, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You want to see some great acting, especially about what it's like for the two gay characters. It felt very real to me.

Don't see it if You don't like gays...? Other than that they joke about sexual activities a couple times, but nothing too crude.

82
Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you can deal with a story dealing with different sexuality.

Don't see it if if you are closed minded

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Original

See it if you like contemporary themes, good acting

Don't see it if you don't care about personal life challenges

77
Cliched, Funny, Disappointing, Romantic, Fluffy

See it if you like "romcom" type of shows and writing.

Don't see it if you want a deep reflective show that will leave you questioning the idea of love

75
Cliched, Entertaining, Overrated, Romantic, Great staging

See it if the subject matter interests you.

Don't see it if you're familiar with bisexual love triangles.

85
Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if You want depth of character and relationship in an everyday setting. Makes you think and pause.

Don't see it if You need a big story or anything out of the ordinary.

100
Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Great acting, Profound

See it if you enjoy powerfully thought-provoking theater that is unafraid to examine contemporary social issues without flinching. This one is raw!

Don't see it if you are homophobic, think being gay is a choice, or if you're a closed-minded bigoted right-wing conservative.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you are not looking for anything too heavy. A 90 minute brisk relationship tale with really good acting & an interesting twist. Fun outing.

Don't see it if you don't like gay-themed plays or are uncomfortable with on-stage make out sessions.

75
Dated, Great acting, Seemed like a 1980 play

See it if you don't have great expectations, has surprisingly good acting, think nothing about sex has changed in 35 years

Don't see it if You want to know what today's youth are like - that was what I wanted to see. This was the world I knew in 1971. You have to pay much.


March 2nd, 2016
"A smart, bracing production brimming with clever wisecracks, some thought-provoking observations on sexual identity and one very promising newcomer…'Straight' is by no means a balanced dialectic comparing homosexual and heterosexual love...The standout is Mr. Sullivan...He delivers the play’s r...
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February 29th, 2016
"If the setup sounds fustier than a '70s issue of 'Blueboy' magazine, playwrights Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola are actually attempting to explore loaded contemporary issues, such as the reductive nature of identity labels and the way some straights fetishize queerness. But these intriguing ...
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March 3rd, 2016
"A tender exploration of the pros and cons of being bisexual in a contemporary society that often insists you can only be one or the other...What’s wrong with 'Straight' is there’s a lot of talk about things like genetic engineering and Socrates’ bisexuality, but the talk is stiff as a Yankee spi...
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February 29th, 2016
"Director Andy Sandberg directs this competent cast to believable performances, despite his frustrating choice to stage nearly everything on the couch downstage center...It's hard to think of this as anything more than needless, low-stakes melodrama. In 2016, the off-Broadway audience deserves so...
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