The Homosexuals | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 14 2011
Price: $28
This new play by Chicagoan Philip Dawkins examines the emotional development of Evan, a young man from a small Iowa town, focusing on his relationships with the close-knit circle of friends and lovers he meets on his first night in the big city. Employing the reverse-chronology approach used by Harold Pinter in Betrayal, The Homosexuals begins in 2010 and moves backwards in time. A series of vignettes depicts encounters between Evan and each of the somewhat older pals—five gay guys and a self-described fag hag—to whom he looks for guidance on how to function as an urban homosexual. Dawkins's script is peppered with bitchy one-liners and campy humor reminiscent of gay plays such as Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! But he fails to give his characters much individuality or depth. Crisp acting under Bonnie Metzgar's direction adds dimension. —Albert Williams


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