It was a sad but joyous moment.
Before going to see the ‘Preview’ of the play ‘Trevor the Musical,’ MK and I took a gander at the short film, a 1994 Academy Award winner: ‘Trevor, a dramedy.’ It is the story of a 1980s thirteen-year-old boy coming to grips with his sexuality. In 1998, the film was scheduled to be shown on HBO and the filmmakers thought it might be a good idea to accompany the film with a support line since Trevor, in the film, had made an attempt on his life. No such help line existed and so they decided to dedicate themselves to the formation of such a resource, an organization that would promote acceptance of LGBTQ youth and support crisis and suicide prevention. God bless them for their successful efforts.
The film was amazing and sad to see. I remember the days of my youth and the horrible ways that even good kids treated each other. It is not a period that I would want to redo in my own life and it is very easy to relate to the trials and tribulations of a young man trying to find himself encountering horrible roadblocks at every corner.
The play, at Writers Theatre, is once again right on point. We found that it was very much delivering the total message found in the short film. The actors were enthusiastic and believable. The direction by Marc Bruni (he did ‘Beautiful: Carole King Musical’ on Broadway) was stellar. It is a play in two acts with an intermission. I can easily see how this play should be seen on Broadway as it has all the trappings and message for New York success.
The only area that we thought might be tightened up in the ‘Preview’ that we saw is the scene in the hospital after Trevor’s thankfully failed attempt on his life. I am guessing that they will work that out.
Not only was this a play about a young man, but it used Diana Ross and her music as a sort of guiding force and light in Trevor’s life. So not only do you have a great story that needs to be told, you also have guidance from an idol with her beautiful music to boot. It was a win/win situation.
I mentioned that it was sad and joyous. Despite the difficulties Trevor faced, he always managed to find joy in his existence as he plodded along to find his way. You could not help but revel in his passion and love for music, performance, and Diana Ross. It was so sad, however, when you see a young person who should have been experiencing the most wonderful time in his life, only to have it hampered by the narrow-mindedness and constraints of a society that has not properly evolved toward accepting each and every beautiful individual that God has created. You could feel Trevor’s pain. Good theatre, acting, and production, in my estimate. See this play before it heads to New York, you won’t regret it.
Thank you Michael Halberstam, Kate Lipuma, and the entire staff of Writers Theatre for being a special beacon of light in Chicago Theatre and Marc Bruni for a seriously great job at directing!