The Boys in the Band
by Mart Crowley
Published by Secker & Warburg
Published 1968 (English ed. 1969)
182 pgs. • Find on Amazon.com
From the dust jacket of the first English edition:
The opening in New York last April of Boys in the Band was greeted by rave reviews and long lines at the box office. It immediately established Mart Crowley as one of the most exciting young playwrights to appear in some time.
Clive Barnes wrote in The New York Times:
The play is by far the frankest treatment of homosexuality I have ever seen on the stage. We are a long way from Tea and Sympathy here. The point is that this is not a play about a homosexual, but a play that takes the homosexual milieu, and the homosexual way of life, totally for granted and uses this as a valid basis for human experience…
The power of the play is the way in which it remorselessly peels away the pretensions of its characters and reveals a pessimism so uncompromising in honesty that it becomes in itself an affirmation of life.
Back of dust cover inside:
Mart Crowley was born in 1935 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Boys in the Band is his first play.
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