The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told

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How can New York, the world center of LGBT culture, not have a dozen gay theater projects in the works at all times? It doesn’t, and that’s a mystery. The bright light of exception is Playthings Theater, a project supported by New York’s well-established and highly reputable Irish Repertory Theater and the brainchild of director Jason Brubaker.

Playthings Theater was founded to produce works by both established and emerging LGBT playwrights and artists, encourage new works, and create a context and an environment for understanding the LGBT experience. Among its critically acclaimed productions is Cheril Clarke’s Asylum, a powerful story of lesbian Prossy Kakooza’s struggle to escape her home country of Uganda and gain asylum in England. That production brought a packed house to its feet in ovation, many with tears in their eyes.

Playthings’ present offering takes a much lighter tone with The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, a history of the human race since the Garden of Eden was first inhabited by… Adam and Steve, of course! Sharing garden space is another couple— Jane and Mabel. Through theater miracles these two couples survive or are reincarnated somehow right down to the present day. They have their issues, and they pretty much see it all as time goes by. The script, by Paul Rudnick, is a masterpiece of witty writing that is done full justice by an excellent cast.

The cast of “The most fabulous story ever told.” Photo courtesy of Playthings’ Theater.

Matty Daley in the lead as Adam gave an irrepressibly enthusiastic performance that charmed the audience with his youthful liveliness and ability to convey emotions. Right up there with Daley was his partner in the play, Sean Bell, as Steve. Bell, with an endearing smile and first-rate stage presence, made the pairing seem entirely believable. A very special mention must be made of Danielle Rhodes as Mabel, whose lively delivery and acrobatic performance was a real pleasure. Rhodes was partnered with Brooke Howard as Jane, a more downbeat and stolid character played perfectly. Allen Davidson, Johnathan Marro, Christy Richardson and Tia Brown played a variety of minor characters, convincingly switching roles as needed and showing superb versatility in the process. Finally, the stage manager, a speaking part, was played authoritatively by Morgan Cerio.
 

Playthings’ productions take place at various venues in New York. The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told was at Chelsea Studios on 26th Street. For more information about future productions or if you have a play you would like to have considered, check the website at www.playthingstheater.com  or email ThePlaythingstheater@gmail.com.

 at www.playthingstheater.com or email ThePlaythingstheater@gmail.com.

 

Cast of "The most Fabulous Story Ever ToldHow can New York, the world center of LGBT culture, not have a dozen gay theater projects in the works at all times? It doesn’t, and that’s a mystery. The bright light of exception is Playthings Theater, a project supported by New York’s well-established and highly reputable Irish Repertory Theater and the brainchild of director Jason Brubaker.