What If Baby Grows Up Gay?

A young Broadway playwright fumbles a provocative theme

In a review so deft that even its target has quoted it with pleasure, Walter Kerr once observed that Neil Simon did not have an idea for a new play that season but wrote it anyway. Jonathan Tolins, a 26-year-old Harvard graduate with Simonesque style and polemic aspirations, had a whale of an idea for The Twilight of the Golds. He just didn't write a play to fulfill it.

The idea is headline simple: if genetic testing allowed parents to know that their child in the womb would probably grow up gay, would they abort the fetus and try again for...

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