THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Sunday, November 9, 1969
Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY Sunday, November 9, 1969
A self-righteous look at 'The Boys in the Band
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ACADEMY AWARD WNlNER!
By DEBORAH LINDERMAN
The Boys in the Band is play-
ing with a New York company
in a new theater in Detroit call-
ed the Vest Pocket. As you may
very well have heard by now,
the play is about homosexuals
and their profound ups and
It has been a great hit in New
York and London for reasons
which are puzzling to me but
which probably have not a
little to do with the "scene"
being eminently recognizable in
these places. It is, however,
doubtless less familiar to thea-
ter-goers in Detroit and I be-
lieve that the performance I
saw bombed rather badly there.
For one thing it felt as if it
were taking place in a great
yawning vacuum, a large chasm
separating the people in the au-
dienece from those on stage.
Like thunder coming after
lightening, the first, laugh was
separated from the first one-
liner by a tell-tale time lag, and
I guessed that the play would
progress resolutely to its end
in this deadly atmosphere of
"no rapport." Although "no
rapport" improved to "little
rapport" as things went on, the
cast never managed to emerge
from the handicap of the first
But evenif it were the case
that the performance and the
audience could not on any way
be faulted, the play decidedly
still could be. It is about six
homosexuals who give a birth-
day party for a seventh. This is
"A Response to Nixon on
Vietnam" will be the focus Sun-
day evening of an Americans
for Democratic Action Open
Forum. The featured speaker
will be Prof. Allen Whiting,
former. State Department Di-
rector of Research for the Far
East and American deputy
counsel at Hong Kong.
A reaction panel consisting of
Daily Editor Henry Grix, Ann
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his prepared remarks. Questions
and discussion from the audi-
ence are encouraged. The meet-
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First Unitarian Church, 1719
an occasion to carry on with
squabbles, jealousies, and long ex-
positions of personal misery il-
lumined by trenchant insights
from the analyst's couch.
The festivities are curdled,
however, by the half-expected
appearance of an eighth guy-
Alan, the former friend of one
of the boys in the band-who is
straight. Or at least he thinks
he is until they all spitefully
conspire to prove to him that he
is a gay and degraded as any-
one. The motive is revenge for
the complacency of the hetero-
The heterosexual world, how-
ever, triumphs in the end and
they are punished for their an-
ti-normative attitudes. One of
them initiates a cruel game,
with an elaborate scoring sys-
tem, designed primarily to ex-
pose the straight friend and
shatter his he-man smugness:
Each of them has to telephone
someone he has lusted for and
confess his love.
This game provides a wedge
for long stretches of self-reve-
lation in which they all b a r e
.their most tender wounds. By
the end of the party, their de-
fensas are in shreds and hetero-
sexuality carries the day as Alan
phones -- of all people - the
wife he has left and tells her
he loves her very much.
He wins the game of ,course.
The play ends with him-whose-
birthday-it-is delivering to him-
who-has-been-the-host a final
devastating judgement w h i c h
runs along something like this:
You are a sad and pathetic
man, you are a homosexual and
you don't want to be, you may
someday be able to pursue a
heterosexual life but you will
never be able to shed your
homosexuality till the day you
It is my opinion that this play
fatally lacks charm. It fails to
be funny and it fails to be
deep, and the one direction is
at cross purposes with the other.
Whenever the play starts to say
something that seems interest-
ing, it is quickly. laced through
with a rather impoverished
humor the staple of which is
The gags are like placards
reading "laugh now," and the
Detroit audience laughed, if not
"now" at least loudly, at every
slightly sexual word as if they
were unexpectedly let in on a
bonanza of dirty jokes They
also appeared to derive much
hilarity from the simple fact of
homosexuals calling themselves
such t h i n g s as "screaming
queens" and "tired faggots"
right there on stage.
But despite this formidable
honesty, and despite the char-
acters revealing themselves in
all the depth and complexity of
their misery, they are never
moving or even touching. With
all its waspish ferocity the play
is unappealingly self-righteous
Though Director Robert Moore
has poked, slapped and fussed
over it, he has evoked little
from his actors that is genuine
and the production obdurately
refuses to come to life. The sin-
gle impressive set, sleek and
stylish, is by Peter Harvey.
The Boys in the Band will be
at the Vest Pocket for another
month, and will be followed by
a series of plays from New York.
Among these are Hair, Adapta-
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