This immersive production of Merril Mushroom’s long-lost play invites you back to the pre-Stonewall era to follow 11 bar dykes as they drink, dance, date, duke it out, and grab a few undisturbed moments. More…
From the show:
This summer of Stonewall 50 and World Pride, The Other Side Of Silence (TOSOS), NYC’s longest-producing LGTBQ+ theater company, continues to honor our community’s history by bringing Merril Mushroom’s long-lost play, BAR DYKES, for it’s premiere on the NYC stage.
Directed by Virginia Baeta and Mark Finley, the audience steps behind a nondescript door where it’ll find a very distinct clientele and world of butches and femmes. Playwright Mushroom, drawing on her experiences as a lesbian in the Deep South and New York City in the pre-Stonewall era, transports us into the hidden subculture of lesbian society in mid-century America, and into the women and their relationships in a precarious time.
Follow 11 bar dykes as they drink, dance, date, duke it out, and grab a few undisturbed moments. BAR DYKES will be an immersive staging so the audience can experience and eavesdrop on a girls’ night out captured in time as it once was.
See it if you're curious about a rarely produced and moderately charming lesbian one-act that is a unique product of its time
Don't see it if you want prize-worthy dialogue, a fast-paced drama, or convincing acting/costumes/wigs (all of which were very uneven in this production)
See it if You’re interested in gay- and female-driven slices of life and a window into history, gorgeous costumes and ingenious staging
Don't see it if You need an active plot and a story with male protagonists
See it if Did you hear the one about 11 lesbians walk into a 50’s bar? Find out what happens, when lesbian stop being polite, and start getting real.
Don't see it if You believe that NY Times article that there isn’t any theatre for lesbian women. Or, You know, you could just prove them wrong. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯