Drew Droege Photo’s by Russ Rowland
From the team of Bright Colors and Bold Patterns comes Happy Birthday Doug!
We have been invited to Doug’s birthday party, where the most obnoxious men have come to attend and celebrate Doug’s turning 41. His favorite, and least favorite, gay men have made the invite list and some have just crashed. Doug’s novel has just been published, so you would think that congrats are in order. Not with this catty bunch. Also you would think this show would center around Doug and the answer is not so much. All of these men are in a word over the top and hateful, caricatures of people who hardly seem real. There is not one person there that I wanted to be friends with as they were so self absorbed. Even Doug isn’t so nice.
I took my hair dresser and one of my best friends, who is gay thinking he would love the piece. He was unimpressed and was insulted. His husband is a director, so he has been to the theatre a lot. He found it fake and rather mind boggling that Doug was talked about the least. Almost none of the monologues really took him into account.
Tom DeTrinis has keeps this piece full of superficial human beings at a quick fire pace.
Drew Droege, who wrote and plays all nine characters does so without costumes or props and he does keep each of the men distinctive. It was interesting to watch him play a gay couple and Doug in a back to back revolving door way. He is talented, I just think a little more realism and a lot more about Doug was needed.
Happy Birthday Doug plays at the SoHo Playhouse until March 1st.