La Cage aux Folles is another story of love conquering all. For many there was tremendous activism even in the chaste love song between the middle-aged gay couple early in the first act. More unbridled pride came out when Albin, as Zaza, ripped off his wig to sing the climactic, "I Am What I Am," a lasting anthem for LGBT rights if there ever was one. Perhaps, though, the real activism of La Cage was more implicit: the way that the integrity of a gay family held together in the end despite being pulled at many different seams.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.