Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Edgy, Resonant, Great acting
About the Show
Retro Productions presents a story about a sex tape scandal circulating among the jocks at an elite boys’ school in 1988.
Prep-school senior Brandon Hardy is brilliant, athletic, popular and charming—the kind of student that makes St. Joe's School for Boys proud to call its own. However, his privileged life threatens to collapse when a disturbing videotape is found on campus. As the resulting scandal takes unexpected turns, Brandon's mother Elizabeth must sort fact from fiction from family and confront unsettling truths about her son, herself, and their life.
"'Good Boys and True' in this day and age, is extremely relevant...There are many gut-wrenching, in-your-face moments in this drama. Amusing lines are written in as well, but they do not ease the tension...Though there is not much depth to the ideas written into Aguirre-Sacasa's script, White does well with bringing the important topics brought up in 'Good Boys and True' to life."
"The text by rising scribe Aguirre-Sacasa is one of his finest. But this production is sadly missing that spark...And that can be blamed on the scenic design…There's no wiggle room for the actors, forcing the staging to be quite stationary…The company that comprised 'Good Boys and True' were quite mixed…It’s likely you picked a conclusion mere moments into the play. This is an important story but Retro Productions didn’t seem to do justice for it."
"Retro Productions is an exceptionally talented theatre company dedicated to the presentation of 'good theatrical stories that have an historical perspective - with an emphasis on the 20th century'...This revival does not come across as dated at all. Indeed, although the internet and sexting may have supplanted videotaping in today’s world, the play’s message is as salient today as it ever was."