Boston’s legacy as a theater center is rich, so there’s no reason why more people shouldn’t take advantage of it – especially queer men and women. Whether you think it is a truth or a stereotype, theater is an area where we have thrived. Not just as artists, but as human beings. Plays like The Normal Heart, Torch Song Trilogy, and Angels in America have pushed our private issues into public debate, contributing to the advance of our personal freedoms. But it’s not simply out of duty or debt that we should go to the theater; we should go because it’s fun.
Jomama Jones, if you take it from her, was huge in the 80’s. She knocked Michael Jackson from the top of the charts for four straight weeks back in ’84. Faced with the uglier realities of the entertainment business, though, and sick of American attitudes, Jo left the country. After years of travels a fan letter from a little girl lured Jo back to America, and like an avenging spirit she has swooped back on a nationwide tour bent on reminding us all of important lessons we have forgotten.
I was chatting with a friend about the purpose of theatre this afternoon. We were discussing the reason, the importance of performance, and its relevance to our lives. True, most good performances are enjoyable. (For a counter example, watch Requiem for a Dream a few more times.) But perhaps more importantly, theatrical performance should say something, should make a point, about the human condition. Truly good performance does both: entertain and make us think about our lives and our interrelationships with one another. Thankfully, Wife Swappers achieved this goal.
The Washington, DC-based Ganymede Arts, which focuses on LGBT arts programming, is staging the famous musical about the cluttered minds and well-intentioned hearts of those who embody the modern family. The play also uses the AIDS crisis of the 1980′s as a symbol of how tragedy ties the frayed strands of family, regardless of time and context. According to Ganymede, “Falsettos is a universal story of the modern day family. It focuses on a man named Marvin who leaves his wife and young son to live with another man yet ends up alone. Two years later, Marvin is reunited with his lover on the eve of his son’s Bar Mitzvah, just as AIDS is beginning its insidious spread.”
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Well everyone, it is the 4th of July weekend, that time to celebrate the nation’s independence, even if we all don’t have our rights guaranteed, as we should. There is still much to celebrate, and so I will. Want to know how I do it every year ⎯ are you ready for the gayest thing you might hear this weekend ⎯ I watch that great musical, 1776.