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Aunt Jack

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Members say: Entertaining, Relevant, Funny, Thought-provoking, Clever

About the show

Theater  for the New City presents this new, inter-generational comic drama about sexuality, identity, and monogamy. More…

After breaking up with his long-time boyfriend, Norman Sable-Church moves clear across the country, leaving his fathers, George and Jack, in a tizzy. Months later, with George, a prominent gay activist and historian, suddenly takes ill, Norman returns home to set things right and to introduce his parents to Andy, his new partner. Jack, a well-known drag performer and cabaret star, and Phyllis, Norman's biological mother, are dismayed to find that Andy is not who they expected.


Member Reviews (57)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Relevant, Funny, Thought-provoking, Clever
83
Avg Score

74
Love & marriage 2019, Uneven tone, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you like LGBTQ, dysfunctl family dramadies. AJ's point: be tolerant of love. Some gd acting; entertaining. Frequent tone chgs are jarring.

Don't see it if you want to explore truly impt issues. Here, gay assimilation/bi-sexuality as betrayal. Still, AJ has big heart/some laughs. Some drag #s.

79
Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Clever, Funny

See it if you like LGBT plays. Familiar cliches mixed with very current, thought-provoking issues in a very satisfactory way. Funny & entertaining​.

Don't see it if LGBT issues and light camp are not your thing.

Also The acting is mostly very good with few exceptions.

76
Fun, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy plays with LGBT themes and characters. Light, fun and entertaining.

Don't see it if You don't like LGBT plays.

70
Some funny lines, Ambitious, Great writing, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You liked The Birdcage. This is a modern day twist on La Cage, but not as successful due mostly to the limits of the actors.

Don't see it if If you can’t look past the many glaring flaws to see what is actually a pretty well written timely piece.

Also This is the second show in a week I find myself saying is written bett... Read more Read less

75
Relevant, Creative, Quirky, Funny, Clever

See it if Pansexual sit-com rom-com that contrasts the older gay generation’s values with the millenials’ pansexuality, openness & gender fluidity.

Don't see it if Plot holes. One-liners that miss. Strained dialog. Uneven acting quality. But worth seeing - it’s fun, original & relevant.

78
Quirky, Indulgent, Fluffy, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Enjoy LGBTQIA humor & situations, non-binary characters, challenges between generations, drag queens, feminism, plot twists

Don't see it if Don’t like gay subject matter or characters, drag acts, occasional overacting, loose continuity, talk of death

81
Resonant, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy family dynamics twisted in all directions with a hard working cast developing good characters who explore facets w/love & jest.

Don't see it if you are averse to gay/lesbian family or open relationship stories. Some language/props not suitable for kids or may be disturbing to others.

87
Quirky, Funny, Resonant, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want a fun Pride play that raises issues without beating you over the head with them. Lots of laughs and some thoughts.

Don't see it if you are homophobic or limited in your view of acceptable relationship possibilities.

81
Layered, Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if Auntie Jackie Mame. Layered farcical gender identity comedy. Core: The roles of the woman and the bisexual in today's gay identity dynamics.

Don't see it if The acting doesn't support such a bright, refreshing script. Nice, meaty mix of heavy thought and light camp.

80
Clever, Great writing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if It about family, that love each other with drama. Modern day Mame

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable gay/lesbian stories.

75
Slow, Great writing

See it if Mildly entertaining tale of a gay guy who falls in love with a lesbian & wants to marry her. Drag acts are fun.

Don't see it if Story drags & many one-dimensional performances (especially from the mom) make the plot seem over-the-top. Runs just over 90 minutes.

78
Great casting and acting, Contemporary relevance, Campy drag subplot, Nice set for small theatre, Mix of funny and serious

See it if Queer family dynamics and expectations get complicated and eventually resolve. All families are really more alike than different.

Don't see it if You aren’t open to a very different LQBTQ family configuration, and openness about gender identity and sexual preference.

100
Profound, Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you are intrigued by gay identity debate within LGBTQplus community/broad range gay relationships/changes since 1980s, enjoy ribald humor

Don't see it if passionate kissing by men, frank description of gay male sex acts, permiscuous sexuality, or transdressing makes you gag or can’t sit 90 min

Also I believe that this show may present the most thoughtfully developed b... Read more Read less

84
Uneven, Entertaining, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want a clever look at the complexities of intergenerational queer families; you appreciate queer archetypes - and their disassembly

Don't see it if you want simple relationships; you don't like flashbacks; you're uninterested in exploring evolving queer identities.

Also This show is just shy of brilliant. It walked a line between broad com... Read more Read less

79
Well acted, Entertaining

See it if A well written comedy/drama with lots of extra stuff thrown in. Excellent performances, set, costumes, etc. Best thing I've seen at TFTNC.

Don't see it if Not much to the plot - another variation on a familiar theme - but thoroughly enjoyable all the same.

90
Quirky, Relevant, Profound, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like community theater, which is actually pretty good. I wasn’t sure what to expect. There was barely any references to “Jack” being an

Don't see it if “Aunt”, but, it wasn’t really necessary. The cast of 6 was good, specifically “Jack”. I loved the “Will & Grace” reference. It was great

Also Social commentary of the definitions of “Gay”, gender, and sexuality, ... Read more Read less

80
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to spend a really fun time at the theater. All of the actors were terrific.

Don't see it if you're not into LGBTQ humor

84
Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you'd like to see a a well-acted comedy about complicated LGBT relationships

Don't see it if you aren't interested in shows about LGBT relationships and are offended by some raunchy discussions

Also It was an interesting & well-acted show that covered several types of ... Read more Read less

70
Birdcage meets guess who's coming to dinner with a touch of i never sang for my father, Scattershot script misses as much as it hits, Actors of varying plausibility & skill

See it if you'd enjoy conventional sitcom/farce but peopled with varying gender presentations, sexual orientations & ideas about open relationships

Don't see it if Script is unsteady in tone and lacks the convictions of its open-to-any-category young people. Cast uneven but giving it their all.

Also [spoilers]... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate gay humor, you are interested in generational differences regarding sexual identity, you are openminded

Don't see it if LGBTQ issues are offensive to you, you are stuffy

79
Thought-provoking, Funny, Delightful

See it if Very campy, very gay, very funny and very human. A fun show with serious messages.

Don't see it if You are offended by LGBTQIA issues and talk about sex.

88
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Attempts to stay connected and understand each other for different generations of queer people.Family values,love and very good costumes

Don't see it if Stories about queer annoy you, dislike small theatre, sex-related jokes and discussions, same-sex kisses and death because of AIDS

Also Very impressive performance by Charles Baran... Read more Read less

78
Edgy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are interested in a comic look at gender bending and don't mind bad drag

Don't see it if you have only known the missionary position with a heterosexual partner

85
Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky, Edgy, Funny

See it if Gay themes, drag, gay parenting, quirky and fun,

Don't see it if Many twists, small set, open relationships, poor child and parent relationships

81
Funny, sweet & predictable, Generally successful lgbtq dramedy, Relevant, Cliched

See it if You’re a fan of small, LGBTQ productions. Issues of fluid sexuality, generational divides and parenthood interest you.

Don't see it if LGBTQ themes don’t interest you. You want a fully polished production. Characters are a little cliched. Affecting, but ultimately fluffy.

Also Aunt Jack is a humorous, sweet-natured play buoyed by a charming perfo... Read more Read less


June 24th, 2019
"The script, the direction and the acting combine in excellent fashion to support the truth that there are more differences within any group than there are between groups. Director John Lampe deftly draws out of the actors exceedingly distinct characters, each unique in their observations and way...
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June 24th, 2019
"Very, very lively. And entertaining. And often thought provoking...'Aunt Jack' has an exceptionally fine cast...No brief summary can really do justice to the thematic terrain that is covered in this play. It seems to delight in examining one thematic permutation after another relating to human i...
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