The big premier concerts of Two Boys Kissing was rhis past weekend.
I believe it was well received. I saw audience members crying. One woman as she passed (while wiping her eyes) smiled and said, “These are happy tears.”
I got emotional in spots, as did others.
As I expected, the piece challenged rhe performers as well as the audience. It’s 1 hour 10 minutes of an emotional arc, with a quiet intro and a quiet exit and no applause breaks in between. There was almost a reverence about it– like the audience was attending a gay mass. Or funeral.
I jokingly referred to it at some point as a very adult version of an after school special.
The composer (Joshua Shank) and the author (David Levithan) were at all three performances. And even their parents came.
It was a difficult yet cathartic end to a hard week. It has left me physically and emotionally drained.
But it was good.