Already closed | 1h 45m | East Village

The Jamb

From 10 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Great writing, Riveting

About the show

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade presents J.Stephen Brantley’s queer coming-of-middle-age story, directed by Obie-winner David Drake. More…

This 2008 punk-rock rom-com examines how addiction, politics, and pop culture have impacted the lives of gay American men who grew up post-Stonewall, pre-'Will & Grace.' Mature audiences only.

1h 45m | Already closed | The Kraine Theater (East Village)

Member Reviews (10)


Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Great writing, Riveting
Avg Score

Disappointing, Indulgent, Relevant, Intense

See it if Gay party boys move into manhood themes interest. Addiction/self-help issues interest

Don't see it if Writing, acting and direction move at fever pitch exhausting audience too soon

Entertaining, Edgy, Funny

See it if You like manic behavior from addicted as well as sober characters, both seeking to show and share their love for each other in many ways.

Don't see it if You are turned off by gay characters acting wildly and intensely.

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Clever, Edgy

See it if You're interested in dark, but funny depictions of modern LGBT life and issues of addiction/recovery & love.

Don't see it if You don't like seeing plays about addiction, or plays that depict violence and intimacy.

Edgy, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Must see

See it if You believe that self-destructive behavior can be explained and stopped through intervention

Don't see it if You are afraid of humans, gays, punk rock, New Yorkers, seeing yourself in these characters....

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see contemporary gay theater with a witty and moving script, well directed and performed by a talented cast.

Don't see it if you get uptight around frank discussions about addiction.

Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you are interested in stories about love and friendship tested by conflicting ideas about how to live life.

Don't see it if you want a big, flashy production or are put off by stories about addiction.

Great acting, Great staging, Original, Edgy, Riveting

See it if you're into gritty downtown thr that's more than shock; actually smart fast funny; most importantly authentic and specific.

Don't see it if you're closed minded.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to experience how the horrors of addiction can tear relationships apart but love can bring them back together.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate gay relationships.

Riveting, Refreshing, Original, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You like original storytelling and phenomenal energetic performances.

Don't see it if You are a bigot.

Exquisite, Intense, Masterful, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if I really enjoyed it. Kept me on my toes.

Don't see it if You don't like slow beginnings,

September 5th, 2016
"This is familiar terrain for Mr. Brantley and the director David Drake...This gives 'The Jamb' a lived-in feel, and Mr. Brantley’s writing can be sharply funny...It can also be haphazard, especially in the second act...The action, initially zipping at an antic clip, grinds to a halt. From a dram...
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September 2nd, 2016
"What's a hedonistic gay guy to do when he's turning 40 and the rituals of pleasure have become numbing habit? Scary stuff, but playwright J. Stephen Brantley nimbly tackles this midlife meltdown with a heady mix of anger, pain, love, history, and lots of snappy jokes in the compelling new work.....
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September 3rd, 2016
"Poignant but erratically written and bombastically presented...It’s like a Lanford Wilson play as interpreted by The Wooster Group...The cumulative result is an annoying clash between sincerity and irony...Besides achieving sensitive and strong performances from the cast, Drake masterfully fulfi...
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September 10th, 2016
"A riveting take on what it means to get older after years of less than ‘respectable’ living...Act one is primarily devoted to the character development required for the more fulfilling act two…One of the best things about ‘The Jamb’ is the outstanding ensemble cast. All four actors take characte...
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