Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Wild Animals You Should Know
Jacob (Gideon Glick), an awkward, skinny, affable yet shy, dorky, friendly, openly-gay middle school kid in the suburbs (think Curt from Glee, if you must) is in love with Matthew (Jay Armstrong Johnson) a virtually perfect human specimen - to-die-for looks, blond hair, chiseled body, talented, smart, athletic, outgoing, engaging and fun to be around (think... well fill in your own fantasy with that one). Right from the very beginning both Jacob (and the audience) is teased by pretty-boy Matthew stripping his clothes off for Jacob over Skype. Is Matthew gay? Or is he just an attention-craving teenage boy with a bestie who's gay? That happens today, right? Not sure yet. He claims he's not. Things heat up when Matthew gazes out his window and catches a glimpse of two men in a window across the street kissing. He's fascinated (or is it more?). The man happens to be his handsome 20-something Boy Scout Troop Leader (shocker!), Rodney (John Behlmann). He goes on later to make a passing reference to Jacob's great blow jobs which he enjoys but of course for which he never reciprocates. Did he just say that? Maybe? Still not sure.
Matthew's father, Walter, (Patrick Breen) is involved in the camping trip too and he has his own set of issues - some suggested and others admitted - husband-wife (Alice Ripley) issues, father-son issues, inferiority, assertiveness. Matthew is clearly the proverbial gun in this single act play. And this gun is not only fired directly at Rodney, it's fired repeatedly at his best friend Jacob and indirectly at his father (and mother).
I'm pretty sure either Mr. Cullman or Mr Higgins himself made sure that the very last scene of the play clinched the deal for those that hadn't already made up their minds. You'll just have to sit through all 99 minutes to see what I mean. The last minute is well worth the other 98.