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The Ruffian on the Stair

ensemble theatre · hicks street productions · Ages 12+ · 1hr · United States of America

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Review by PHIL TARLEY

June 09, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Loved the opening music to set the late 60’s era. I liked acting, timing and well pointed silly lines. The sparse absurdist run-down set was sublime as was the blocking. And of course, I loved Reed Michael Campbell’s sexy, smooth-blond-god body, when he took off his shirt.

What I didn't like

I would have liked Wilson to be a tad more aggressive, sexier and more malevolent.

My overall impression

Joe Orton’s play was hysterical. I laughed my ass off at its sexy absurdities.
I am also seeing the Pinter play and Haddon Park, tomorrow. Thanks for programming some queer gems for Pride Month. This is the 50th Anniversary of the first salvo of the Gay revolution, when drag queens fought the police, rioting against the brutality of the NYPD at the Stonewall Inn, a mafia-run gay bar, Manhattan.

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