It comes down, literally, to the haves and the have-nots. That these two men love one another above everything else, are connected more closely, and care more deeply about one another – this is as clear as a comet in the sky. Their fates, however, are subject to their own free will’s choices. Oh yeah, and Big Brother – you know, the ones who, as George Carlin said, “Own everything.”
If you’ve ever worked in a corporate office, you’ll immediately identify with the characters of Gloria. Under the direction of Evan Cabnet, each character gets his/her chance to shine. In this brilliant piece, it’s as if Mr. Jacobs-Jenkins is saying that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Every once in awhile there are themes that sweep the theatre scene, as if the authors all sipped the same cocktail a few years ago – because that is how long it takes for a play to get produced. This summer season, it is sex. The hilarious and recently closed “Permission”, by uptown playwright Robert Askins, exposed Christians exposing their bottoms for a touch of strict punishment. The brave new play “Consent” by David Rhodes (with a knock-out performance by Catherine Curtin) explores gay male sex and dominance. To round out the picture we now have The Qualms, by Bruce Norris, inviting us into the world of the modern orgy where friends and sexual partners are tossed into a blender and topped off with a sprig of mint.