The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to The Scriptures

Friday, December 09 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to The Scriptures

Synopsis

The play looks at the life of a 20th-century thinker, retired longshoreman Gus Marcantonio, who’s feeling confused and defeated by the 21st century. In summer 2007, his sister, who has been staying with him for a year, invites Gus’ three children (who in turn bring along spouses, ex-spouses, lovers and more) to a most unusual family reunion in their Brooklyn brownstone.

Joy’s Review

The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to The Scriptures is longer than its title. It’s almost four hours. I’m going to tell you, the first hour, you’re going to think — I was surprised anybody was awake, let alone still there. The story is of a father who is suicidal, dealing with his three children. His youngest is in a stable marriage with an Asian woman and two children. His other son is gay and in a relationship that’s relatively stable; he’s been in the relationship with his lover for 26 years, but is paying a young stud to have sex. His lesbian daughter, who is in a relationship with a woman who’s about to give birth. Typical American family, yes? Well, not exactly.

The first act is in three scenes, and at least two of the things, you don’t need at all. They are very talky, and really don’t move the play much.

The second act is better. I should have told you earlier, this is written by Tony Kushner, who did Perestroika and Angels in America, so he’s a great playwright and does tend to look at global issues.

But the third act will redeem everything. It’s really a great play, it just really could have been shortened. You basically don’t need two of the scenes in the first act, and all of it could have been shortened. But if you can stick with it, which I did for nearly four hours, you’ll be handsomely rewarded by really good theater. I’d give it four and a half stars, except it’s so damn long, so I’ll give it three and three-quarters — I’ll give it four stars, but you’re going have to wade through it.

 

JOY METER