A different kind of ‘Band’ goes live

Today’s gay community may only know of The Boys in the Band as a landmark movie in the gay continuum, but the iconic piece was a stage play first. Mart Crowley’s play about a gathering of gay men to celebrate a friend’s birthday debuted 43 years ago on Broadway. Crowley followed up with the sequel The Men From the Boys, where the friends gather once again for a friend’s death.

For its inaugural season, QLive! shoots out of the gate with a staged reading of Crowley’s sequel. The QCinema spinoff touts live theater performances and for its first show, they probably couldn’t have picked a better start.

“Band has a long rich history in Fort Worth, having been staged in a gay discotheque in 1975 and again 25 years later at a church rehearsal hall,” artistic director Kyle Trentham says.
The production reunites the cast from the 2000 Fort Worth Theatre production of In the Band including Todd Camp, Robert Camina, Gary Payne, Lon Barrera, Brian Keith Rhodes and Keith Smith.

— Rich Lopez

Four Day Weekend Theater, 312 Houston St., Fort Worth. April 20. 8 p.m. $10. QCinema.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 15, 2011.

—  John Wright

Something to do tonight: See ‘Making the Boys’

QCinema continues its spring series tonight with a screening of the new documentary Making the Boys, which tracks the production of playwright Mart Crowley’s original 1969 off-Broadway production of the seminal gay play The Boys in the Band, as well as filmmaker William Friedkin’s 1970 movie adaptation.

The film screens at 8 p.m. at the Four Day Weekend Theater in Fort Worth. Tickets are $10.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

QLive! announces 2011 season

QCinema founder Todd Camp decided to branch outside the bounds of the small screen and into live performance. As part of its 2011 season, the film festival announces QLive!, which presents live theater in addition to film. Like Dallas’ Uptown Players, it will concentrate on gay-themed plays and shows of interest to the gay community. The season includes:

Dying City (March). The brother of a man killed in Iraq confronts his widowed sister-in-law, and suggests something else may have contributed to his death. Christopher Shinn’s mystery play was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Men from the Boys (April; staged reading). A sequel to Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking play The Boys in the Band catches up with the characters years later.

Brian Gallivan: The Sassy Gay Friend LIVE! (June). The creator of viral videos about the “sassy gay friend” performs a live comedy show.

None of the Above (September). A comedy about the relationship between a 17-year-old and her SAT tutor.

Art (November). Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning drama about how an all-white painting divides three male friends.

Corpus Christi (December). Terrence McNally’s controversial play finally gets its Fort Worth performance.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones