Last Sunday in June preview
In fact, when Nick Rose, who's directing the regional premiere for the Know Theatre Tribe, first got the assignment, he wasn't sure this was a play he wanted to do.
"On my initial reading, it came off like a bad 'Will and Grace' episode," he said. But trusting the judgment of Know's artistic director Jason Bruffy, he gave it a second read the next day, and it fell into place.
"It came to me that the purpose of the play was to be a commentary on that social group and the type of culture that comes out of the theatre devoted to that topic," he said. "There's a lot more to it than originally meets the eye. It's like a situation comedy that breaks down."
The Jonathan Tolins play concerns a gay couple that has been together for seven years and are about to make a great change in their life by leaving their trendy New York apartment - which happens to have a terrific view of the Gay Pride Parade held every year on the last Sunday in June - for the suburbs.
The play takes place on that last Sunday in June. Tom (Juan Carlos Diaz) wants to go to the Pottery Barn to buy stuff for the new house. Michael (Steven Hunter) wants to have a party for their last Gay Pride Parade.
The party wins. Friends come over. One character sits in the window waiting for the parade to begin. Another says, "You look like you could be in a play." The comment leads the party guests into a campy exploration of all of the stereotypes of gay culture that have been perpetuated by theater, television and movies.
"As the play progresses, a lot of social topics get brought up," Rose said. "Each character has an attitude about a topic and the play raises a lot of questions. At the end, your realize that you're watching a show about relationships and most of our social debates about homosexuality get dealt with from both sides of the issue.
"Even heterosexuals will feel that the story parallels their relationships, asking questions about the nature of marriage.
The cast also includes Ryan Imhoff, Aaron Kotte, Chris Guthrie, Joshua Fisher, Scott Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Holt.
This production does have matures themes and language, and the Know Theatre Tribe would suggest "PG-13" rating for the production.