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The Boys in the Band review – fierce fun and games in the pre-Aids era

This new film version of the off-Broadway hit about gay lives in New York is strange, compelling and unexpectedly potentIt’s hammy and stagey and campy, but The Boys in the Band turns out to have a fiercely watchable soap-operatic intensity, a sustained attack of telenovela craziness, culminating in a full-on anxiety attack from its leading […]

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‘The Boys in the Band’ Review: Mart Crowley’s Stage Scandal Is Now a Darkly Witty Romp on Netflix

The shocking drama and dark camp of Mart Crowley’s play “The Boys in the Band,” which first bowed off-Broadway in 1968, is hard to top. Filmmaker William Friedkin first brought this two-act stage drama about a group of out-gay male friends to the big screen in 1970, giving audiences a peek behind the velvet curtain […]

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‘The Boys in the Band’ Review: Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto Find the Relevance of the Datedness in the New Netflix Version

There are plenty of dramas that look different with time, but it’s the peculiar fate of “The Boys in the Band,” Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking 1968 play, to have been so buffeted by changing times that the play keeps changing its identity. At this point, in fact, I’d say that there are five stages of “The […]

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‘The Boys in the Band’ Trailer: Jim Parsons, Zach Quinto, Matt Bomer Lead Netflix’s Gay Drama

The 2018 Broadway production of Mart Crowley’s “The Boys in the Band” featured a groundbreaking ensemble of openly gay actors: Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver, Robin DeJesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Watkins. All of the actors are reuniting for Netflix’s upcoming film adaptation of the stage play […]

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‘Hadestown,’ Bryan Cranston & Elaine May lead 2019 Tony Awards Winners

The 2019 Tony Awards were handed out on Sunday evening and one of the most competitive Best Musical races in years found the late arriving, but critically acclaimed “Hadestown” taking the top prize. The radical reinterpretation of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice took eight Tonys overall including Best Direction of a Musical (Rachel […]

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