Some Men | Rivendell Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 13 2014
Price: $30
Midway through the first act of Terrence McNally's 2007 Some Men, a surface-skipping journey along a singularly privileged arc of modern gay history, Michael and Camus connect in an AOL chat room. Amid the cruisy, bitchy chatter they find a deeper bond, at least momentarily. It turns out the last book both men read was the Bible. Michael seems something of a biblical scholar; when Camus mentions the verse that led him to turn to the scriptures—"Son, observe the time and fly from evil"—Michael can instantly cite it. But for Camus, the Bible was a novelty, and he was drawn in primarily because "there were good people and there were bad people and there were people like me." A minute later Michael blocks Camus's messages so he can arrange to fuck an anonymous barebacking leather daddy. The scene demonstrates three of the main strategies McNally uses throughout the play, which leaps haphazardly back and forth in time through brief, discrete scenes from 1922 to 2007. First, in many scenes McNally reveals contradictory things about his characters, meant, perhaps, to counter gay stereotypes. Thus a chat room prowler is also a Bible aficionado. A hustler in 1968 is also a graduate student at Columbia with a jones for Milton. A grotesquely privileged Wall Street banker's chauffeur in 1922 is both his employer's lover and his avowed class enemy. Two libidinally overamped bathhouse patrons in 1975 discover they really want love—and form what will turn out to be a life-long romantic bond. Continue reading >>

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