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The Boys in the Band
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The Boys in the Band

Apr 30, 2018 - Aug 11, 2018
Running time: 1:50
Booth Theatre
222 W 45th St
New York, NY 10036
By Bus: Take the M7, M20, or M104 bus.
By Subway: 1, 2, 3, 7, S, A, C, E, N, R, Q, W to 42nd St/Times Square
Show Description:


Joe Mantello

Written By

Mart Crowley

Listed at TKTS:
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$69.00 - $169.00
prices subject to change
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Audience Advisory
Adult language & subject matter
Age Guidance: 16
Show Notes
No Intermission


Wheelchair Info
Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. Five ADA compliant viewing locations with companion seating. Transfer optional. ADA seats priced at regular orchestra and also at lowest price in the theatre.
Orchestra on ground level. Mezzanine and lower lounge reached only by stairs. seats 781.
There are no elevators or escalators at this theatre.
Lot: North side of streetbetween Broadway & 8th Ave. Vans enter on 46th St.Garage: East of Shubert Alley on south side of 45th St. between Broadway & 8th Ave. No vans.
Curb Ramps
(2.5" lip) SW corner of 45th St. & Broadway; NW corner of 45th St. & Broadway.
Double doors in series:1st set (each 27") has one pair of automatic doors from Shubert Alley to Ticket Lobby with push-button control; 2nd set (each 29", attended by ushers) to inner lobby; 3rd set (one at 31.5", two at 28.5", attended by ushers) into Orchestra.
Box Office
Ticket Lobby. Counter 43". Accessible pass-through with writing shelf at 32". Assistance available.
Unisex: House left at orchestra rear crossover aisle. ADA compliant. Door 32". Stall 62"x139". Commode 18". Grab bars.
Water Fountain
Inner lobby. Spout 36".
Ticket lobby. Coin slot 54". Cord length 30". Volume control. With TTY and electric outlet.
Assisted Listening System
Reservations are not necessary. Drivers license or ID with printed address required as a deposit.
Folding Armrests
Eight row-end seats with folding armrests, ask for mobility seats when booking.



Certainly director Joe Mantello’s smashing production of Crowley’s dark comedy, about the once-insular world of gay men in New York, sustains a savage humor from start to finish. More surprising, perhaps, is that the actors, under Mantello’s exquisite direction, probe the tender spots in Crowley’s time capsule of a play with a sensitivity that resonates even now, as the play celebrates its 50th birthday. (Harold is turning a mere 33.)“The Boys in the Band” is something of a bedrock of gay drama. When it was first produced off-Broadway in 1968 it was a succès de scandale. Critics admired it, but poked and prodded at it as if it were a strange, alien experience to see the lives of gay men depicted in such uncompromising terms. (As indeed it was.) CONTINUE READING THE BROADWAY NEWS REVIEW
The impact of "Boys," written pre-AIDS crisis and only a year before the Stonewall uprising, goes well beyond period piece, It has often been noted that the current cast consists entirely of proudly openly gay men, most with notable careers in television, film and stage. And the world, of course, has changed in its acceptance of any number of LGBT issues. But some of that acceptance is tenuous — consider a couple of cases coming to the Supreme Court this fall. If "The Boys in the Band" does anything, it points out the reality that change can be fleeting, that nothing in the politics of sexual identity is certain.  CONTINUE READING THE NEWSDAY REVIEW
*****5 STARS
Parsons, in the most difficult role, offers a searing portrait of self-loathing that defies us to confine it to the comfort of a period piece. At its most effective, Mantello’s The Boys in the Band moves beyond the gay past and stares the present straight in the face. We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the mirror. CONTINUE READING THE TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW


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