What's Wrong With Angry?, Patrick Wilde's 1993 West End hit play which he later turned into the film "Get Real," recently had its U.S. premiere at Celebration Theatre in Hollywood. The run is through Oct. 29.
Wilde's play deals with a 16-year-old boy in the small British town of Basingstoke. His hormones are in typical teenage overdrive as he discovers love and sex. He's gay, which makes things rough, because a law called Section 28 effectively prevents him from learning about homosexuality and forming friendships with other gay teens. His best friend is a straight girl who, because she's fat, is also an outsider.
Steven falls in love with John, class leader in an all-boys school. John's inclinations are mostly heterosexual, but he finds himself returning Steven's affections, much to John's surprise and occasional consternation. Steven's outing by an older, sympathetic gay teacher provokes a crisis, but ultimately leads to a life-affirming conclusion.
Michael Michetti directs the production whose cast includes Gary Anello, Brian Carpenter, Michael Cotter, Daniel Wade Emmett, Daniel Hepner, Dezhda Mountz, Cymbeline Smith, Brian Weir, Diane Witter and Dante Zappala.
Celebration Theatre is located at 7051 Santa Monica Blvd. For tickets and information call (310) 289-2999 or visit www.angryonline.com -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent