The Theater: Imps of the Perverse

THE RITZ by TERENCE McNALLY

In the past few seasons, "the love that dare not speak its name" has become one of the compulsive chatterboxes of the New York stage. Homosexuality surfaced as an acceptable theme with Mart Crowley's 1968 humane comedy, The Boys in the Band. This was followed by a number of dramas that waxed soulful on the ecstasy-torment of being gay or the purgative honesty (Find Your Way Home) of admitting gayness and acting upon it. Most of these plays were visual testimonials to bodybuilding exercises and auditory proof of acute self-pity but, for all their vibrations, no...

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