One Night Only Reading of The Boys in The Band at Buffalo United Artists on January 28
January 2018 is BUA's 26 anniversary and Buffalo United Artists is celebrating with a one night only reading of The Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley, also celebrating this landmark play's 50th anniversary. The Boys In the Band was first presented at Theatre Four in New York City on April 14, 1968. It was directed by Robert Moore. The reading will be Sunday January 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain up Alley, Buffalo NY. Tickets are $20.00. Reserve by e-mail to BuffaloBUA@gmail.com or by phone to 716/886-9239.
This seminal work of the Off Broadway movement premiered in 1968 and was a long-running hit onstage, later filmed with the original cast. In 2010, the play made a triumphant return to New York City in an highly praised production produced by Drama Desk and Obie Award winning Transport Group.
In his upper eastside Manhattan apartment, Michael is throwing a birthday party for Harold, a self-awoved "32 year-old, pock-marked, Jew fairy", complete with surprise gift: "Cowboy" a street hustler. As the evening wears on, fueled by drugs and alcohol, bitter, unresolved resentments among the guests come to light when a game of "Truth" goes terribly wrong.
"A play of real substance, one that deserves to be performed not occasionally but regularly.–The Wall Street Journal
"...terrifically thoughtful...The Boys in the Band emerges remarkably universal."-NY1
"...deliriously delicious..."–Gay City News
"The Boys in the Band... goes from wittily !@#$%^&* to heartbreakingly brutal..."–Out Magazine
"Witty, !@#$%^&*, revelatory and dazzlingly entertaining...the excoriating wit is still there."–New York Post
"Humor is still on key in this poignant, sparkling revival of a landmark gay play...the star of the evening is the play itself solidly built, still moving and enormously entertaining."–New York Daily News
"This is a play that takes the homosexual way of life totally for granted and uses this as a valid basis for human experience...the power of the play is the way in which it remorselessly peels away the pretensions of its characters."–The New York Times