Boys of a Certain Age
Closed 1h 40m
Boys of a Certain Age
79

Boys of a Certain Age NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(33 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
3%
Negative
6%
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.

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Member Reviews (33)

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687 Reviews | 113 Followers
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

434 Reviews | 125 Followers
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

332 Reviews | 43 Followers
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. Read more

322 Reviews | 85 Followers
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! Read more

289 Reviews | 123 Followers
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.

288 Reviews | 92 Followers
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.

252 Reviews | 49 Followers
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

187 Reviews | 210 Followers
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

Critic Reviews (8)

Theatermania
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 early part of 2017, proving that a playwright can be a first responder to our culture...Under Dinero's steady direction, the actors are able to make their dialectical lines sound real and believable."
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TheaterScene.net
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-intentioned, and accomplished on several levels, but flawed in construction, 'Boys of a Certain Age' doesn’t cohere into a fully satisfying work."
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Theatre is Easy
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 intellectual and cuttingly sharp...It is not, it should be said, a wholly perfect script—the show begins to lose focus towards the end."
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Stage Buddy
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 for the kind of discomfort that can help trigger a measured, productive response...Fingerman’s script is likable and often quite funny...The cast is solid."
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Times Square Chronicles
February 13th, 2017

"What makes this such an important play is it opens the discussion of queer life under President Trump, because some gay men did vote for him...Mr. Fingerman is an exquisite writer getting the humor and the conflict of life. He realizes there is more to life than just black and white and this play has all sorts of gray...Director Dan Dinero has the cast actively moving so we feel the passage of time and feel the tension brewing underneath the current of rigidity."
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Theater In The Now
February 15th, 2017

"Fingerman’s text has an old-fashioned sensibility to it, giving the story charm. There is a strong foundation in the structure. The content is dynamite, exploring the dynamics of the generations...Sometimes it feels like a Facebook newsfeed. That being said, Fingerman’s dialogue is best when the hot-button topics are integrated into the plot...'Boys' is an engaging piece of theater with an exuberant amount of sentiment. It’s rich with history with a modern sensibility."
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On Stage Blog
February 12th, 2017

"The story sometimes veers wildly off-course and seems to have trouble landing on a solid subject to discuss during the first half. After roughly the mid-way point, the importance on LGBT community history and its current fears comes to the forefront and the play becomes undeniably absorbing...Overall the script has very few flaws and is definitely crafted with love...Each actor has a unique personality and you lose yourself in the stories they get to tell...A remarkably well crafted show."
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B
July 18th, 2016
For a previous production

"This beachside play has some of the verve of ‘Boys in the Band’ and far more likable characters…The events of the weekend are a mixture of funny, moving, confrontational and conversational...The dialogue is at times a little on the money, but frequently takes left turns into fresher territory...The performances are all solid…All in all, while the production feels slightly under-rehearsed due to some timing bumps, the material is challenging, intelligent, witty and full of surprises."
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