Sunday, March 4, 2007
Terrence McNally's Some Men is a completely mixed bag. A gay history play spanning from Stonewall to civil unions and everything in between, it reaches for too much and regrettably falls short. There are moments that exhibit McNally's brilliance, but they are few and far between. His circular storytelling hurts his narrative; once the audience becomes genuinely interested in a character, they are relegated to the sidelines while yet another plot point is introduced. The actors are all very fine, though, with several standouts: Don Amendolia is touching as both a gay doctor during the AIDS epidemic and the father of a dead soldier who couldn't come to terms with his son's lifestyle; and Kelly AuCoin and Romain Fruge are both phenomenal as a long-time gay couple, the former having left a wife and family to discover his true self. So, while I was never bored, I was also never enthralled, and that's a problem.