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The Dispatch: Old Hollywood musicals inspired gay love story

15 July 2010

An off-broadway play is coming to Columbus, revisionist in the full sense of the word – past, present, and future. 

From here

Many 1930s musicals follow the lighthearted plot of a traditional romantic comedy: Boy meets girl; boy loses girl; boy gets girl.

Boy Meets Boy updates the retro formula with a gay twist .

Evolution Theatre Company and the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts will present the Ohio premiere of the show, opening tonight in the Riffe Center’s Studio One Theatre. 

But all you traditionalists don’t fret, because .. 

“We wanted to write a palatable musical dealing with homosexuality that would appeal to the whole family, with the feeling of the screwball movie comedies of the 1930s – like It Happened One Night and Bringing Up Baby,” composer-author Bill Solly said from New York. 

Golly, I suppose that means there won’t be frontal nudity, lots of bad language, or “sex” scenes (which would in this case, involve fellatio and / or anal intercourse).  But you might have to explain to your five-year-old what the people on stage are talking about. 

Kind of speaks volumes about what the entertainment industry feels is acceptable to the family, and how it attempts to redefine family, does it not? 

– Elder

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