Rude Laughfest at Playwrights Horizons

September 11, 2014 2:07 AM

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Rude Laughfest at Playwrights Horizons

Robert O'Hara's Bootycandy is rude, raucous, vulgar and gloriously funny. It's a happy sign when established not-for-profits like Playwrights Horizons can offer such outspoken fare as mainstage offerings to their subscribers. In this case, one hopes it will pay off. At the final preview, the mixed audience included some octogenarians who were infirm on their feet but pretty much doubled over with laughter.

Bootycandy is what used to be called a "coming of age" play, with the protagonist in this case a young man called Sutter (Phillip James Brannon). We meet Sutter as a child, wearing Superman underwear and a mile-high Afro, his room festooned with posters for the Jackson Five, The Electric Company and...

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