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55 Shades of Gay: Balkan Spring of Sexual Revolution

From 6 critic and 21 member reviews
Members say: Confusing, Ambitious, Edgy, Dizzying, Disappointing

About the show

La MaMa presents the US premiere of Kosovo’s Qendra Multimedia in a contemporary burlesque story about LGBTI politics in the Balkans. More…

In the play, a gay couple apply to get married in a conservative, deeply homophobic provincial town. They make their request at a time when an Italian company has begun building a condom manufacturing factory in the town, a project that is financially supported by the European Union. Intellectuals, artists, politicians, religious leaders, and professional grenade launchers try to stop the marriage from happening, despite the fact that same-sex marriage is technically permitted by the country's Constitution, which the Prime Minister signed according to a mandate from the EU. This provocative, politically incorrect performance poses the question: “Is sexual liberation possible in the Balkans?”

Great staging, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you support experimental (community) theater with int'l/political lgbt theme. The staging is interesting but the story telling- confusing.

Don't see it if you prefer linear, clear & traditional plots. Also if you just want to be entertained & not to analyze the material or deal w/ lgbt issues.

Relevant, Funny, Great staging, Confusing, Clever

See it if you enjoy stories about LGBTQ rights. You like experimental theatre.

Don't see it if you find it annoying reading subtitles. You don't like plays in another language.

Quirky, Raunchy, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You’re interested in LGBTQ rides in a foreign country and don’t mind reading a superscript to understand the actors

Don't see it if If you have limited interest in the LBGTQ Community or annoyed by reading a superscript

Slow, Edgy, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Disjointed effort to shed light on gay Kosovo political scene Language is a stumbling block w/poorly illuminated subtitles Cast is spirited

Don't see it if Needs a more powerful dramatic punch than burlesque style can provide Critique of EU's economic leverage good but underdeveloped Finale A+

Confusing, Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy experimental theatre presenting the LGBTQ POV in the European Union, It ain't all that it looks like. Very poignant but difficult

Don't see it if shows spoken mostly in Albanian or the language of Kosovo with titles that lag and weird staging and effects. It goes over the top

Confusing, Great singing, Indulgent, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if You like experimental theater with a lot of singing. You are interested in stories about gay marriage abroad. Very talented cast.

Don't see it if You like linear stories or a clear plot; you don't like hearing foreign languages. There were a lot of bizarre parts and it was a bit messy.

Dated, Quirky, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you loved Vietnam War protest theater. Ironic & loud using absurd actions & statements to make obvious points. Well done for what it is.

Don't see it if any of the above bothers you.

Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Dizzying

See it if You are looking for an intense show with serious themes. At times overwhelming with its consistently depressing themes

Don't see it if Could have used an uplifting or even slightly upbeat scene. The subtitles with offensive phrases got to me by the end of it.

Ambitious, Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Experimental; Albania gay themes; chaos, randomness; colorful sets;

Don't see it if disorder; too much subtitle reading for scenes in Albanian thereby missing the acting (which was subpar); too much smoke; screaming

Intense, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You are interested learning about how difficult gay life is in Kosovo. Or a play that must be shocking beyond belief in Kosovo.

Don't see it if You have difficulty sitting in a cramped folding chair for 70 minutes. dont mind a play requiring subtitles, angry songs, too bright light

Intense, Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy

See it if Experimental, gay, colorful characters, cross dressing, foreign language

Don't see it if Reading Subtitles, poor story flow, accents, avante garde

Disappointing, Funny, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if The show is done in a narrative style and has an interesting point of view about gay repression. There are some funny moments.

Don't see it if The show repeats itself over and over saying the same thing to the point of boredom. I didn’t hate it but I certainly didn’t love it either.

Cast & Creatives (14)