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Consent is Definitely Out of The Closet

Consent is Definitely Out of The Closet
Mark McCullough Thomas , Catherine Curtin

Mark McCullough Thomas and Catherine Curtin “Orange is the New Black Photo: RICHARD TERMINE

Get ready for a new play that explores sexual boundaries and what constitutes an intimate relationship in the gay world. Consent, is by playwright David Rhodes and is now playing at the Black Box Theatre at The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. This is not for the audience goer that is at all sexually repressed.

Michael Goldstein , Mark McCullough Thomas

Michael Goldstein and Mark McCullough Thomas Photo: RICHARD TERMINE

As the play starts Ron Sullivan (Mark McCullough Thomas ), a former NFL player and award-winning architect is in bed with Kurt (Michael Goldstein), a handsome law student. They discuss the top and the bottom of f*%king in  graphic detail using that word in excess. Until Ron’s sister Emily (Catherine Curtin “Orange is the New Black”) is summoned, this borders on gay porn. When his wife Susie (Angela Pierce) shows up with divorce papers Kurt takes the sex two steps forward into rape, bondage, masochism and role-play. When Ron tells his sister what has happened she is shocked and horrified, when she finds out that her brother liked the beating up and rape, but she loves him unconditionally. Desire, exploration, passion, shame and vulnerability all are what is dealt with here. We learn that how Ron and Kurt met was the touching of private parts in a subway. That Ron left his wife and kids to explore and it has over taken his responsibilities, except in the finical department.

Catherine Curtin

Catherine Curtin “Orange is the New Black and Photo: RICHARD TERMINE

There is a lot of BDSM gay sex scenes. Michael Goldstein and Mark McCullough Thomas, both extremely fit and are for the most part barley clothed. Add to that a sex tape that is explicated.

In terms of plot there is a lot of unanswered questions that are brought to the surface and never fully expounded on. The only character we really get to know is Emily, who is played with perfection by Catherine Curtin. She is compelling and so fully fleshed out that we have more sympathy and connection with her than any other character. In her with see humanity at it’s best, even though her life is far from happy.

Rhodes has based much of the plot on his own coming out experience. Interesting enough it was his wife who allowed Rhodes to explore his inner passions, though in the play his wife is a shrew. “I don’t think I would ever have had the courage to come out if she hadn’t given me permission,” states Rhodes in real life. Rhodes and his wife are still married. Rhodes writing is clean and clear and he definitely has a voice, but the question becomes where are the boundary’s?

Consent: Black Box Theatre at The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre through June 28th,

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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