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Men in Towels

From 47 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

About the show

Duo Multicultural Arts Center presents a history-inspired musical about '70s gay liberation and how the rise of AIDS impacted the community. More…

'Men in Towels' takes place at a notorious NYC bath house in 1971. Bette Midler is on the tiny stage making yet another farewell appearance. Gay liberation and the sexual revolution are in full swing, and whole new worlds are opening to gay men. Then that 1981 'New York Times' article appears detailing a new gay cancer and the HIV pandemic changes everything. Creator Michelangelo Alasa remembers and honors friends he lost to AIDS and pays tribute to the 39,000,000 who also perished. Not recommended for those under age 18. 

Member Reviews (47)


Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever
Avg Score

Evocative, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a very personal story of gay-male-bonding in pre-to-post-AIDS NYC, told with fervor, sensitivity & fun (incl original music)

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with gay themes, as this is the story of 6 unabashedly gay men & their connection via the Continental Bathhouse.

Thought-provoking, Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you would like the perspective of a good storyteller who cleverly brings you through his experiences and relates a strong message.

Don't see it if you cannot appreciate a one-person'view of a multi-decade piece of life in a bare-bone production.

Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You'll enjoy the songs, the "men in towels" and the history of NYC and gay rights through the years. Poignant about AIDS discussion.

Don't see it if Everyone should really see this who lives in NYC and/or knows someone who is gay.

Musical confessional, Attempted titilation, Attempted history lesson, Attempted soul baring, Attempted political message

See it if want 2 support an evolving theatre event done with the best intentions, great heart & the very specific eye candy of Facundo Rodriguez

Don't see it if want 2 wait for this theatre event 2 edit/re-invent/re-birth itself & find a better means of telling its story

Ambitious, Relevant, Slow, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a work in progress, an ultimately touching musical that examines what it was like to be gay in New York before AIDS & after.

Don't see it if you've no interest in gay baths, New York in the 70's or remembering the first ignored wave of young men that died in their prime from AIDS.

Also We've come a long way since an image of men in towels could instantly ... Read more Read less

Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if If anything about the history of gay life in NYC, however amateurish, is a must-see for you.

Don't see it if You demand high New York standards of acting, singing and professional production values when you go to the theater.

Also This show was well-intentioned and sincere, but not up to NYC standard... Read more Read less

Confessional, Well-intentioned, But unfortunately not well-executed

See it if you're interested in hearing a personal account of growing up gay at the dawn of the AIDs crisis in NYC and don't mind low production values

Don't see it if you want quality music or staging -- the production values are poor and the performances are wanting.

Clever, Quirky, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you want a look at 70s gay life in NYC, enjoy a personal gay story from 70s into the AIDS era, enjoy quirky shows developing in East Village

Don't see it if you want a well written play, looking for exciting music, want a fully produced show

Also A good attempt at telling a personal story of gay life in the 70s into... Read more Read less

Clever, Relevant, Edgy, Resonant, Intense

See it if You lived those days and can deal with the outcome. U would like to learn one mans story

Don't see it if If u cannot deal with the reminder of that time in life.

Clever, Funny, Ambitious

See it if A small musical with a big heart. Six talented men recall life before and with AIDS in original songs.

Don't see it if If you voted for Trump.


See it if you don't mind being Misleas as if you're going to see a comedy about the baths and then s subjected to a depressing play a out AIDS

Don't see it if Appreciate talented actors which These are not and dontmind vlunky staging

Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Quirky, Resonant

See it if If you want a glimpse of 1970's gay culture and some charming performances. Needs a little work,, but has definite possibilities

Don't see it if You're expecting any lasciviousness. It's about the story and the impact of AIDS on a culture, not about beefcake.

Low budget, Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You love one man shows and want to learn about the lives of gay men in the 60s/70s

Don't see it if You want a high talent level and high production value. It's a good concept but needs to be shorter, better songs, & find guys who can sing

Cliched, Dated, Quirky

See it if You have low expectations. Want to hear songs that are not the best. You don't mind not being able to hear the dialogue.

Don't see it if You expect Shakespeare. If the LES scares you. If you don't mind a cliched AIDS musical performed by marginally talented actors.

Thought-provoking, Slow, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in one person's personal story. We all have a story to tell, and some can put it on a stage.

Don't see it if You don't like shows about HIV or shows that have the requisite nudity of a gay-related show.

Dated, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you miss the days people went to plays just because they were gay, whether they're any good or not. And see it if you like fringe musicals.

Don't see it if you prefer mainstream musical theater with high production values.

Absorbing, Edgy, Must see, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the history of gay men in the U.S. You are looking to see a true work of art. Great music, acting, everything...

Don't see it if You are homophobic or are easily offended by talk about sex.

Also I seemed to be the only woman in the audience, but this show is for ev... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You like self indulgent vanity pieces

Don't see it if Have anything better to do

Resonant, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Important

See it if you are interested about stories of gay men, specifically in the light of the AIDs epidemic, in raunchy, entertaining, and painful settings.

Don't see it if you do not want to see a story about gay men, the tragedy of HIV/AIDs, or witness a show still in progress.

Also While, technically, there are many kinks this show needs (and presumab... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if Are interested in one gay mans self-indulgent myopic memories of his youth in the 70s told with turgid musical numbers and cliched gay humor

Don't see it if Your looking to see an entertaining or tittalating depiction of gay bath house culture in the 70s.

Also There are many good ideas here that might form a show in the hands of ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like none linear story lines. Small theater productions. Shows that break the fourth wall, a lot.

Don't see it if It's not a great a show. It's banial and very self centered. The creator is ambious, but unfortently what could be a great story is so-so.

Clever, Quirky, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy history told through music.Deals with a sensitive topic during a sad period which still resonates today & must never be forgotten.

Don't see it if gay related issues in any way offends.

Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Ambitious, Preachy

See it if you know nothing about gay history. The script is a rambling, hard to follow mess. An intrusive A/V element only makes things more jumbled.

Don't see it if you're expecting the seriocomic romp that's advertised. Heavy handed history lessons, grief-porn & tuneless music are what's on the menu.

Also I appreciate the ambition here, but this piece tries to be way too man... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intense, Must see, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if You appreciate a bit of gay history in NYC and appreciate truly local theatre

Don't see it if You only like big name, big stage mainstream theatre

Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in New York City of the 1970s

Don't see it if Easily offended by gay situations

“Men in Towels” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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