Thursday, April 12, 2012
My Life at the Theater: Lips Together, Teeth Apart
Lips Together, Teeth Apart is a play by Terrence McNally that we saw at the Halstead Theater in Chicago in April 1993. I am sure we were in Chicago attending the Midwest Political Science Conference.
It is the story of two couples, sharing a house on Fire Island, over a holiday weekend. The house has been left to one of the women by her brother who has recently died of AIDS. The set was the best thing about the play. It was rather a nasty meditation of homophobia and AIDS and filled with vitriol and sentiments we had heard too much by 1993.
I loved McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune but this one (Like Master Class) left me cold. Especially the couples' unwillingness to use the swimming pool in case its infected.