Playbill Pride: From Angels in America to Hedwig, Our Top Ten Gay Plays

By Ben Rimalower
27 Jun 2013

In honor of LGBT Pride Week in New York City, Playbill contributor Ben Rimalower, the writer and star of Patti Issues, shares his list of the Top Ten Gay Plays that shaped his life. 


I have to preface this list of my Top Ten Gay Plays, in honor of Gay Pride, with an emphatic disclaimer that this list is not just subjective, but also extremely limited by which plays I've actually seen. You may note a particularly egregious lack of plays by women or people of color. For these shortcomings, I apologize.

This brings me to the question: what is a gay play? According to playwright Robert Patrick, a gay play "is a play that sleeps with plays of the same sex." For the purposes of this list, I will discuss plays that focus on gay characters, leaving out plays with gay subtext or gay camp value or gay context, and, of course, many great plays by many great gay writers. I trust somehow they'll get by somehow without me.


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