The Boys in the Band

In 1968, a full year before the era-changing Stonewall Riots put gays in the headlines, Mort Crowley’s play Boys in the Band put them onstage, right in the face of blue-haired old ladies, during the Saturday matinee. This seminal work, equally praised and condemned, is considered the mother of all contemporary gay stage works. When production started on the movie version of Boys in the Band, playwright Crowley insisted the entire stage cast be used in the film, and director William Friedkin complied. The resulting film, which follows a group of friends as they reflect on their lives and loves, is a fairly accurate snapshot of an era when gays were forced to stay in the closet. As a piece of social and artistic history, Boys is a milestone. The film screens at 8:30 p.m. Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer. For information, call 713-523-3669 or visit Free.

Wed., June 17, 8:30 p.m., 2009

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D.L. Groover has contributed to countless reputable publications including the Houston Press since 2003. His theater criticism has earned him a national award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) as well as three statewide Lone Star Press Awards for the same. He's co-author of the irreverent appreciation, Skeletons from the Opera Closet (St. Martin's Press), now in its fourth printing.
Contact: D. L. Groover