There’s always that one loud character that shows up at your party or poolside. We all know the one, a bit obnoxious, throwing barbs at everything and everyone, sometimes very funny, but usually a mess. We love that guy, because we know deep down in his heart of hearts that he has a lot of love to give. That there is a giant emotional hole he is trying to fill, a discomfort he is trying to escape, a sadness he is trying to avoid. We secretly hope that we are not or never will be that guy. For that, we tolerate or sometimes try to avoid that guy, but we can’t ignore him, especially because of his Bright Colors and Bold Patterns. And if you’ve ever been lounging by a pool in the superficial gay world of beautiful men, and their summer beach/country/desert homes, we have met him, whether we wanted to or not.
The title of this piece refers to a not-so-subtle suggestion on the wedding invitation to avoid wearing Bright Colors and Bold Patterns. Rightly so, Gerry is deeply offended and triggered by this request to tone down the ‘gayness’ of the attendees. It feels like a homophobic slap in the face to all that he holds dear. This insulting idea sets off alarm bells in his brain, and what follows is the result. To make matters worse, arriving just after Gerry is the preverbal last straw, another one of Dwayne’s ex-boyfriends, Neil, sweetly referred to as “fuckface” by Gerry. To him, Neil represents all that is khaki and boring in the colorful gay rainbow. And there is no love lost between the two. Gerry is everything that makes a man like Neil uncomfortable. Loud, sarcastic, and very very gay, and Droege is magnificently on-point throughout. It’s one continuous show-stopping performance from beginning to the end that is just plain fabulous.