Theater: "Bootycandy" Is Delicious, Frustrating Fun

September 11, 2014 4:51 PM

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Bootycandy -- a series of scathingly funny and sometimes disturbingly raw set pieces -- has the vital messiness and ping-ponging energy of a first play. That's both compliment and complaint since Bootycandy is not writer-director Robert O'Hara's debut as an author. It's often hilarious and deeply serious at the same time, a bracing combination that immediately makes O'Hara a playwright whose work I won't want to miss. But Bootycandy is so good in parts that it's frustrating to see what might easily have become a great play sprawling out into simply a good one. Still, the excellent cast and high humor make Bootycandy worth your time.

While it's tempting to emphasize the sketch aspect of the show, most of the pieces build on the story of Sutter, a gay kid growing up in a world that doesn't quite know what to think of a young black boy who likes boys. They have a cumulative impact and are generally the strongest element of the sho...

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