Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Review: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures

Plot in a sentence: Old guy decides to commit suicide because he never got over the death of his wife in the 70s, and his grown up children try to convince him not to.

Trivia: The author is Tony Kushner, who wrote Angels in America (possibly my favourite play ever!). Also directed my Michael Greif, who directed Rent. And we saw him there!!

Best thing about it: The acting was good.

What they should change: It hasn't officially opened yet, so they can change it... but it seems confused, like the playwright hasn't decided what he wants to say with it. And the length of the title is a giveaway to the nature of the show... self indulgent and obtuse.

We left thinking: "How can a four hour show explore characters and themes so poorly? Good thing we bought red bull during the first intermission!"

Verdict: Indulgent and mostly dull. Has nothing on Angels. 5 / 10

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