“A breezy series of sketches … droll observations on the difficulties of translating the classic gay sensibility … a pageant of the ages à la Noël Coward’s Cavalcade.”The New York Times
Some Men and Deuce
978-0-8021-4449-2 • $15.00 • Paperback • June 2009
Two heartrending and humorous plays about friendship, companionship, and love.
In Some Men, Terrence McNally takes us on a multi-generational journey of gay life in America. In interwoven vignettes, McNally uses the same characters at different points in their lives as gay men to address such issues as coming out, marriage, adoption, the military and the AIDS crisis. From a Harlem speakeasy to today's post 9/11 New York, these nine men reflect the enormous changes in all our lives.
In Deuce we meet Leona and Midgetwo septuagenarian ladies doubles tennis champions who are reunited to be honored at a U.S. Open. As they watch the next generation of female athletes, these former tennis partners become embroiled in a verbal tête-à-tête as lively and nuanced as any match they ever played. During their exchange the duality of the two characters is revealed; while Midge is refined and tactful, her former doubles partner, Leona, is brazen and fearless. The "deuce" cannot only be found in their tennis game, but also in how they lived their lives.