Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

Boys of a Certain Age

From 33 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Clever

About the show

Willow Theatricals presents a politically charged drama exploring intergenerational gay relationships and timely issues facing the LGBTQ community. More…

Ira and Larry were Hebrew school classmates who took different paths in life. Ira came out and moved to the city; Larry married a woman, had a family, and came out later in life. Now, following the 2016 election, they're spending one memorable weekend together with Larry's son Bryan, Ira's nephew Christopher, and a whole lot of gay history.

1h 40m | Already closed | Theaterlab (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (33)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Clever
79
Avg Score

81
Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Good acting, Slow

See it if Elder vs contemporary gay men w/ accompanying viewpoints Well written & acted touching many bases but ultimately about strength of family

Don't see it if Can fall into bitchy zinger syndrome & anti-Trump ranting sucks energy Staccato scenes/blackouts distract Interpersonal scenes work best

79
Topical, Lots of laughs, Lots of drama, Intimate staging, Boys in the band-ish

See it if gay themes, lingo, jokes, history, audiences, are your thing or you're curious how the gay 10% live, love, & hold varied political beliefs

Don't see it if you have no curiosity how the other half lives & what they talk about at their beachfront property or dislike black out scenes for 1 liners

89
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you want to see a play about same sex relationships young and older. You want to really laugh. You want to hear some relevant information

Don't see it if You have a problem with seeing a play about same sex relationships. You don't have an open mind and don't want to laugh.

Also The actors did a great job in this performance. Their delivery was so ... Read more Read less

81
Clever, Witty, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like plays with wit and humor, which explore timely social/political topics. This show has strong performances, and a big heart.

Don't see it if you're offended by plays which tackle contemporary gay men's lives, loves, and all-too-human struggles. Complaint: needs better seating.

90
Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you enjoy great writing and acting in a play with revealing character studies.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with plays with gay themes.

75
Great cast, Great set, Entertaining, Relevant, Funny

See it if You'd like a sense of how far gay rights & identity have come in the last 60 yrs; a funny if flawed play that attempts much, mostly succeeds

Don't see it if You're closed-minded to the point of homophobia/intolerance: 'good bet you won't enjoy or get the jokes—'less you've been closeted: then go!

Also A good, well balanced ensemble cast; a deceivingly simple, ingenious s... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You're into intergenerational relationships, gay men, humor, bare torsos, cliches/ stereotypes, politically- charged play. Small venue.

Don't see it if You dislike all the above.... Seating is against the walls; stage in the middle

71
Funny, Relevant, Cliched, Good ensemble cast, Clever staging

See it if you enjoy topical explorations of current and past events political (and AIDS activism) told with both historical and theatrical references

Don't see it if you're offended by reference to gay sex (a few) or criticism of the current, hopefully short lived, administration. Sorry for adding my bias

83
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like clever lines and stories about gay men with differences in opinion about gay issues and politics

Don't see it if you are easily offended and/or don't like stories about gay issues or politics

Also I very much enjoyed the show! It was a very intimate setting with a si... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if u r interested in gay history (political. coming out, preferences) different generation experiences. family issues

Don't see it if you don't care to see a show on gay life

75
Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Clever, Romantic

See it if You like LGBTQ themes that are highly relevant to our contemporary political situations. You are familiar with gay experience 30 yrs ago.

Don't see it if You are homophobic or a Trump supporter. Also, some jokes are not easy to understand if you are not a New Yorker or gay.

80
Intelligent, Interesting staging, Great acting ensemble, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in gay themed plays updated and nostalgic.

Don't see it if You have no interest in gay themed plays.

Also This play is very timely and at the same time looks back at history of... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for a relevant gay play, enjoy small casts and inventive staging

Don't see it if you want big names, big production values

Also Intimate play with ingenious set. Contemporary and relevant gay play d... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you enjoy the lively wit of a group of gay men.

Don't see it if you don't like all gay characters.

83
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like clever, well written, well acted plays

Don't see it if You don't like clever, well written well acted plays

Also All four actors should be commended for a good work

70
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disjointed, Uneven

See it if you want funny, intelligent dialogue, an exploration of the gay generational divide, and very current events discussed on stage.

Don't see it if you need clear structure or sophisticated storytelling, awkward staging bothers you, or if a political argument onstage will turn you off.

78
Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Cliched

See it if you are interested in gay themes/characters and topical situations

Don't see it if you are bothered by frank talk or are conservative

Also The play suffers from too many short scenes and blackouts and from nee... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are ok with gay issues and politics,

Don't see it if you are anti gay

75
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Insipid

See it if you want to know about the generational differences between old and young gays and their different struggles.

Don't see it if you want a faster paced play. Don't care about gay issues.

100
Funny, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You're gay-friendly, and you enjoy a combination of great humor plus a sense of nostalgic thoughtfulness.

Don't see it if You're not gay-friendly.

Also We saw the play today and we loved every minute of it; both the acting... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You appreciate a play that resonates with older gay men and the newer generation of gay men. It's a touching story on how the two coexist.

Don't see it if you are homophobic or don't care about the struggles the LGBT community has gone through for the past few decades.

35
Unsubtle, Disappointing, Virtually plot-free

See it if You want to see actors move the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Don't see it if Really care about plays having a plot.

Also The actors really try to create something when there's nothing in the ... Read more Read less

43
Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if don't care about characters or a story, are OK if scenes only last 15-30 seconds, like a gay play being hijacked by an anti Trump play

Don't see it if You want want more than predictable gay bitchy jokes, u r a Trump supporter, or want good writing and decent costumes

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You are interested in stories about coming out later in life

Don't see it if you are homophobic

77
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Show is composed of 4 gay men, most of the audience is male, but show is interesting and very funny to anyone.

Don't see it if You are not comfortable with gay issues and language, not interested in current political affairs.


February 13th, 2017
"For two hours, these well-to-do white men shout at one another about privilege and politics, capturing the authentic palaver of a certain set of New Yorkers...While Fingerman's characters do fit a little too neatly into their boxes, he uses them to snap a Polaroid of gay conversation in the earl...
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February 12th, 2017
"There’s not much in the way of plot, but secrets are revealed, scores are settled and life goes on with new insights. It’s reminiscent of a Terrence McNally play but lacking in polish...Director Dan Dinero’s fluid staging aids in enlivening this quite talky material...Passionate, well-intentione...
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February 13th, 2017
"An intelligent and nuanced exploration of the generational divide among gay men who have navigated their identities in distinctly different ways...The cast is talented, each navigating their characters with a confidence that suggests each feels that they know best...Fingerman’s script is intelle...
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February 13th, 2017
"'Boys’' timeliness is its greatest asset, but also—paradoxically—something of a drawback. Yes, we can relate easily to the political conflicts that the characters face. The play’s very torn-from-the-headlines freshness makes those conflicts seem not only too close for comfort but also too close ...
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