Sunday, June 5, 2011
The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures
What is this play about, you ask? Well, there are so many layers here, it's hard to convey. It's literally about a man's decision to kill himself before Alzheimer's gets him. Adding a few more layers - it's a play about politics, relationships, marriage, economics, labor, sexuality, religion, suicide, and sex - just to list a few. I'm not kidding. There are others. But let me try to boil it down to something simpler. It's about family and struggle. That's it. Family - all the good, all the bad and everything in-between. It's also about struggle - in the family, among the family, outside the family and everything in and around the family. There are really two kinds of families - the ones that look on the outside to be perfect, but are really a big mess on the inside - and the ones who look (and act) like a hot mess on the outside, but at the end of the day nothing, and i mean nothing, could tear them apart. Gus Marcantonio and his family are the most definitely the latter. A mess so hot they make August Osage County's Weston family look like dry ice.
I don't pretend to know all the layers Mr. Kushner has written into the play. Heck, I don't even know much about Karl Marx, but that's not what's needed to understand this play. Listen carefully and absorb the feelings, emotions, the feelings and tones, the over arching them of family, struggle, and identity will reveal themselves to you as the minutes tick away into hours on Gus' (and your) watch.