GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM PROVES STILL WATERS RUN DEEP.

World Premiere
GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM
Written by Martin Sherman
Directed by Sean Mathias
Featuring Gabriel Ebert, Harvey Fierstein and Christopher Sears
Scenic Design: Derek McLane
Costume Design: Michael Krass
Lighting Design: Peter Kaczorowski
Sound Design: Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen

As you enter the theater there is a green curtain covering the stage. There are four foot lights at the beginning of the stage.  Very ragtime Jazz music is being pumped into the theater.  Then the curtain rises to reveal a beautiful apartment with floor to ceiling book shelves around two thirds of the apartment. A piano sits up stage left and a round table and chair are down stage of the piano. There is a couch and lamp down stage right. There are two doors , one leading to the bedroom and the other leading to the kitchen.  BEAU ( Harvey Fierstein) enters and we are off.

When the drama starts we are introduced to lovers  BEAU (Harvey Fierstein) and RUFUS ( Gabriel Ebert) who we learn  meet on a gay website for a one night stand but 61 year old BEAU ( Harvey  Fierstein) decides to let  28 year old RUFUS ( Gabriel Ebert) stay and the romance has it’s birth. RUFUS ( Ebert) is a lawyer drowning in mergers and acquisitions and is also a big Mabel Mercer fan and BEAU ( Harvey Fierstein) just happens to have been her pianist in the 1960’s. He describes her  for  RUFUS( Gabriel Ebert)as a mix of “HARLEM AND BUCKINGHAM PALACE. “  He spins yarns for his sweet eager young lover; some to his face and others on tape for future listening.  RUFUS ( Gabriel Ebert) has a big secret. He suffers from manic/depressive Bi-polar disorder and refuses to get treated for it. He says he loves the “Buzz” his manic  episodes  give him but then there are his long depressive lows  that give BEAU ( Harvey Fierstein) trouble.  BEAU( Harvey Fierstein) and RUFUS (Gabriel Ebert)  go through the twists and turns that is their love affair.  As RUFUS (Gabriel  Ebert) grows up before our eyes and BEAU (Harvey Fierstein) tells tales of sad love affairs that leads him to the belief that nothing can come of two men loving each other. At one point in the drama,  which spans 13 years , RUFUS ( Gabriel Ebert) announces he has been seeing another person and may be in love with him. He is young and wild; a performance artist  named HARRY(Christopher Sears). BEAU (Harvey Fierstein) is not pleased though it was him who told RUFUS ( Gabriel Ebert)  years earlier to find someone his age and sleep with other people. This changes the whole dynamic of the piece but we move on as the story unfolds.

World Premiere
GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM
Written by Martin Sherman
Directed by Sean Mathias
Featuring Gabriel Ebert, Harvey Fierstein and Christopher Sears
Scenic Design: Derek McLane
Costume Design: Michael Krass
Lighting Design: Peter Kaczorowski
Sound Design: Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen

GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM is written by the  Tony nominated author of BENT, Martin Sherman and ably directed by Sean Mathias.  It is deep like still water from the start to the finish. We end up in uncharted waters and many questions about inter-generational love, mental illness and the realities of gay romance among others are raised.  Can a multi-generational gay romance  survive; especially when one has lived a full life of love and pain and the other is just a eager voyeur of the past loves of his paramour? As BEAU ( Fierstein) tells of three other  tragic relationships  it calls in question if his belief that gay love is doomed from the start is true or not. Though the age difference is large  you get the feeling that BEAU ( Fierstein) and RUFUS ( Ebert) really do love each other and age is just a number. Then a  third is added to the romance and things get murky.

World Premiere
GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM
Written by Martin Sherman
Directed by Sean Mathias
Featuring Gabriel Ebert, Harvey Fierstein and Christopher Sears
Scenic Design: Derek McLane
Costume Design: Michael Krass
Lighting Design: Peter Kaczorowski
Sound Design: Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen

This is a provocative drama that asks 21st Century questions and offers it’s own point of view.  BEAU (Fierstein) is played with such brilliant levels of comedy and humanity  that Fierstein’s performance resembles a shining jewel  well worth  seeing. In fact I would say it is a must see.  RUFUS ( Ebert) who is played with a child’s innocence but there is a sense of danger about him and his illness which he refuses to treat. Your next reason to check this out.  BEAU ( Fierstein) learns to embrace hope and positivity over his natural pessimistic attitude towards life and RUFUS (Ebert) finds himself as this drama unfolds right before our eyes. I suggest you merrily walk on down to the Public Theater to see it before it’s limited extended run ends.

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