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55 Shades of Gay: Balkan Spring of Sexual Revolution

From 23 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Ambitious, Edgy, Disappointing, Dizzying

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?”

Member Reviews (23)


Confusing, Ambitious, Edgy, Disappointing, Dizzying

Relevant, Insipid, Bombastic, Heatfelt, Ambitious

See it if to experience a sincere, heartfelt cast and production from Kosovo concerning LGBTQ issues in Kosovo.

Don't see it if Unless it's important for you to experience a radical political play that is an outcry by a severely oppressed LGBTQ population first hand.

Offensive, Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to see offensive stereotypes of gay people from a straight white man and straight actors & feel like having your safety threatened

Don't see it if You are part of any marginalized community, especially The Gays

Disappointing, Confusing, Slow

See it if I have no idea, I left in the middle

Don't see it if Your English is not perfect The actors speak with the stooong accent, hard to understand

March 15th, 2019
"With a running time of 70 minutes, this brisk burlesque-infused play tracks the progress and problems of a male gay couple...Equal parts peep show and politics, the play burns hot (fuchsia) unapologetically...'55 Shades' electrifies what could have been an otherwise important-but-familiar 'fight...
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March 13th, 2019
“Costume elements, personifications of inanimate objects, and abstract blocking hark unapologetically back to the 20th-century theatrical avant-garde. But filtered through an unfamiliar culture, the spectacle feels mostly fresh, and all heartfelt. One can only marvel at the effort and dedication ...
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March 13th, 2019
"Laugh-out-loud comedy...The play’s universal message of overcoming bigotry and fighting for equality is relevant whether in Kosovo, or…Kentucky!...The play tickles and titillates the audience with its colorful, multi-media mix of bawdy dialogue, music, burlesque, and visual projections– all imbu...
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March 12th, 2019
"Equal parts flamboyant exaggeration and furious indignation, '55 Shades of Gay' is a jumble of styles, languages, and music...An interesting piece of theatrical experimentation. The five Kosovar actors, particularly the lovelorn Tristan Halilaj, manage to present nicely drawn characterizations (...
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