Last night, I went to see a straight friend performing in a gay-themed play at West Hollywood’s Celebration Theater and was quite impressed with his performance in particular and the show in general. The play, The Prodigal Father, depicts a strained father-son relationship when the father suffering from Alzheimer’s escapes from his Tennessee nursing home and barges in on his son and his lover in a Chicago loft.
I had this strange thought as I was waiting for the show to begin, perhaps sparked by the poster for Tony Kushner’s Angels in America on one of the set walls. It was almost like wincing, anticipating some anti-Republican barb in the play. It seems standard fare for gay productions. (And I wonder if such portrayals where the playwrights write their own biases into the script help create the dishonest stereotypes which exist in our community.)
This show lacked such barbs, indeed, treated the father’s faith with a degree of respect. But, during the show a thought occurred to me: Has there every been a positive portrayal of a gay Republican on stage?
I don’t know. I’ve never seen one, but do wonder. If you’re aware of such portrayals, let me know, even in plays written for and produced by local (and or community) theaters.