Next door at NYTW presents this new work that begins as a farce, and evolves into a fantasia, on the subject of the closet. More…
Balti and Jaker begin the play as two gay 20-year-olds enjoying the romantic and sexual possibilities on their contemporary college campus. But when Jaker asks Balti to pretend to be straight for the duration of Jaker's Grandmother's visit to the campus, a chasm opens in the friends' consciousness, and Balti finds himself traveling back in time, with the help of a Cherub from the wrong side of the tracks.
"One of the most exciting directors working today, Heyman creates theatre magic out of nothing...A difficult play to stage and enact...I felt myself playing catch up to the story that kept introducing more characters, variables, time periods and historical facts...But you'll remain entertained by an excellent cast and visual surprises and delights. Heyman has a penchant for difficult texts and you can trust her to take you on another wonderful journey." Full Review
"Burkhardt piles on academic inanities for one hour and 40 minutes in this leaden saga. The abrasive dialogue has the characters refer to themselves in the third person and comment on the actions...The play's LGBTQ sensibility is more of a concern than coherence. It all plays out as a self-conscious hollow spectacle, wasting the time of the audience and of the company of eager youthful actors...Heyman's staging gracefully keeps thing moving so that the production is at least watchable." Full Review
See it if Burkhardt's epic historical time-tripping gay fantasia is an edgy mash-up of Foucault, Whitman, Kushner & Hammett Golden's cherub is great!
Don't see it if Dense, philosophical, post-ironic dialogue often confusing & rigorously demanding but worth it Last 1/2 hr of script spins out of control
See it if you love fantastical strange and beautiful queer stories that break genres, forms, and conventions
Don't see it if you don't like anything non-traditional, non-linear, and somewhat intentionally confusing
See it if had very good acting and excellent staging. They used the stage well. If they rework the last 20 minutes, this could be a good one.
Don't see it if The last 20 minutes hurt this show, it became not so much confusing as it got away from the main plot.
See it if like complex, layered, queer narratives. Inventive staging and challenging ensemble work. Great use of music and physical acting.
Don't see it if you need linear stories with easily consumable takeaways. The play definitely veers into fantasia halfway through act I.
See it if Ditzy gay relationship complicated.by arrival of uptight grandma. Lesbian friends try to help. All four actors play the old lady for a while
Don't see it if you can't follow a non-linear narrative with quite a bit of fantasy. Confusing but hypnotic. Chubby chasers will also find a lot to like.
See it if experimental theater is your idea of an interesting evening. Starting from a gay college romance, it evolves to something utterly unexpected
Don't see it if you like conventional plot and predictable characters.
See it if You like quirky, out of the box style shows. Lots of dream like sequences (too many for my taste) and metaphorical bits.
Don't see it if You want to see an easily understandable show or one that ends up making sense at all.
See it if you want to suffer through a play that has too many confusing twists and turns, even if the gay elements in the first half are interesting.
Don't see it if you prefer a linear play with characters that speak with more than lyrical gibberish and a plot that makes more sense than this one does.Ugh
See it if You like anything with a gay theme regardless of plot and dialogue. Love shows with sex crazed cherubs- you think smoke machines are cool
Don't see it if Overly written confusing plot with no pay off . Actors who play multiple roles of characters that no one cares about.
See it if you like sweet gay comedies and are willing to leave after the first 20 minutes before it all changes and gets weird.
Don't see it if you can't follow numerous time and reality jumps with a multitude of characters, only some of whom even remotely make sense.
See it if you want to support some talented young actors who commit wholeheartedly, earnestly and boldly to some agonizing theatre (& deserve better).
Don't see it if you bristle at the idea of an "arty" playwright trying to be "edgy" & "experimental", producing unintelligible nonsense masked as "high art"
See it if You either know someone in the show or want to waste 1 hour and 40 minutes of your life.
Don't see it if You expect to see something with a clear story, interesting characters, and having a point.
See it if u like experimental, non-linear pieces with strong acting and singing. Been a while since I saw something so wacky, but I really enjoyed it.
Don't see it if you want the plot (even the non-linear one) to make much sense. Somewhere in the avant-gardity the playwright lost focus IMHO. But see it!
See it if you like to see new works that are being developed and won't mind time jump, set jump, etc.
Don't see it if you prefer a more coherent plot and a play that is audience-ready
See it if you enjoy a quirky gay comedy that is non-linear and explores intolerance, Foucauldian discourse, queerness, and family secrets
Don't see it if you are impatient with a modern play that abandons its main plot to detour into a side character's back story, narrated from 1920-on. Yawn!
See it if you want to see some fine young actors tackle very dense and confusing material with great skill and determination.
Don't see it if you don't like experimental theater even if it's a valiant but failed experiment.
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