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Epic Theatre Company's production of Bootycandy by Robert O'Hara

In 2003, the principal of Cranston East shot down a student petition to start a Gay-Straight Alliance on the grounds that if the gay students got a club then everybody would have to get a club. (His remarks, made at a faculty meeting, were more specifically anti-Semitic than that.) That was a long time ago, and that jerk is long retired, but still it makes me happy that the boundary-nudging Epic Theatre Company has settled into a home just blocks away from that high school. Robert O’Hara’s Bootycandy is an ambitious, in your face production about being black and gay and into theatre. A preacher comes out before his whole congregation, two brothers-in-law describe in great detail all the sex they’d like to have with one another, and – in one of the more uncomfortably funny scenes – a mother blames her son for being followed home by a strange older man. There’s also a panel discussion within the play, the third panel-within-a-play that I’ve seen in the past month. Tighter direction would maximize the laughs in Epic Theater Company’s no-frills production, but it still warms my heart that bawdy, sinister comedies about gay black men are being performed in Rolfe Square. (Plus the show’s free for students!)

October 14 2016


Date: October 14, 2016
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: $20
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Theatre 82 @ The Artists Exchange

82 Rolfe Square
Cranston, RI 02910 United States

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