Monday, March 19, 2007

Murder Uncensored

A part of the Gay Plays series, Murder Uncensored is billed as a "steamy gay film-noir thriller based on the sensational unsolved murder of silent film director William Desmond Taylor". Wings is committed to producing as much gay theater as they can which I think is a very good thing though I can't say that this play was perhaps the best choice. More of a screenplay than a theater piece, the location hopping and need for period costuming and scenery was a little more than Wing's humble company could adequately fulfill. And though it's respectable that playwright George Barthel's mission is to excavate gay history, the pandering twist at the end of Act One was borderline offensive and had me heading for the exit at intermission.

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