Afterglow

Afterglow
Written by S. Asher Gelman
Directed by S. Asher Gelman
The Loft at the Davenport Theatre
December 29, 2017
Production website
๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰ out of 5.

I need to apologize to The Afterglow.ย  As I walked up the three long flights of staircases, I just knew this was going to be a thin, exploitive gay โ€œeventโ€ that was going to pretend to be a play – but ultimately just be gay for gayโ€™s sake.ย  BUT, I had a great time.ย  it was a fun story.ย  It had a cast or three young men that were just having good olโ€™ infectious fun!ย 

I have the feeling that I am part of a pack of some 50 or so gay men that travel in a pack and see theatre all over the city.ย  Of course, we see all the important plays and all the Tony contenders, but we also feel a commitment to see โ€œgay plays.โ€ย  No matter the playwright, cast, story or venue we feel a commitment to go to those, attics, basements, side bars, and forgotten corners of ware houses to see gay theatre.ย  As my blog attests, I have been to many of these plays – and always had to be careful not to be too sarcastic and meanย  – especially for all the sell meaning energy behind these plays.

Afterglow is different.ย  Afterglow is the best of the bunch.ย  What worked for Afterglow was that it didnโ€™t try to be important.ย  It didnโ€™t try to make gay men feel better about being gay, it didnโ€™t try to convince straight people that gay is good.ย  It didnโ€™t talk politics, religion or health.ย  AND – although the play did include a gay couple waiting for a pending surrogate adoption of a child – the play didnโ€™t go their either.ย  Let others plays go there.

This was just good old fashioned relationship soap opera- – how does an open relationship work – what happens when two plus one does not become an even three?ย  Working through lust – working through the enticement of youth – working through the greener grass on the other side of the fence – all makes for a fun night. ย  And then, of course, the nudity.ย  This play had more nudity then I can remember in long time – BUT the nudity made sense.ย  You were being invited into the beds and showers where relationships were being built and tested.ย  We werenโ€™t going to stand on the outside of the shower and eavesdrop on the goings on – no we were stepping into the shower with the characters and lying down in the bed with the three of them to be part of the courting.ย  It was so wonderfully intimate. ย  It didnโ€™t tease you – it led you there. ย  It certainly had its sensualness and sexuality – but it also just seemed so frankly honest and adult – and, what the hell, a perfect way to spend a snow night in New York.

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