Ok, so I am just going to cut to the chase: there is good news and bad news. The bad news is Luke MacFarlane does not go fully nude. In fact, the only nudity he has is during the sex scene that opens the play. Due to lighting and blocking choices, you really cannot see much though. After his Grindr trick goes to the bathroom to clean up, Luke’s character Jonathan quickly puts on his boxers (boxers? what kind of gay guy is he lol). Since he is sitting when he does it, you do not see anything. Honestly though, I do not think it was an acting decision to forgo the nudity – it completely makes sense character wise for Jonathan to want to get dressed quickly and get the Grindr trick out the door. So that is disappointing. (Reading his “two actors naked on stage” comment, it now to me seems like Luke is saying you can have a scene be even more intimate than one that is just “two actors naked on stage”.)
Now for the good news! The Grindr trick, Wes, is far more comfortable with nudity! After emerging from the bathroom, Wes has a lengthy conversation with Jonathan completely in the nude. For several minutes Wes stands in the altogether, not a care in the world! The actor playing Wes, Carl Lundstedt, has a college-jockish body. His dick is decent sized with tight balls and a nice smattering of pubes. For best viewing, sit in either the center or center-left sections or the audience left section. DO NOT sit in the audience right section, both for the nudity and for the play itself. Several scenes take place on a stairway on the audience left side that appears cut off from view for those sitting in audience right. Kind of a strange staging choice.
As for the play, it was equal parts funny and heartbreaking. It is the story of two lonely souls, a gay man with a tragic backstory and a restless woman, who become each other’s support system. However, the tragic past threatens to derail everything. As the two leads, Luke and Aya Cash are marvelous. They give amazing performances and you really get to know their characters. In spite of that, the character I came away feeling the most for was Wes, the Grindr trick. He reappears later on in the play and his character’s true depths are shown, revealing him as tragic as the other two. Lundstedt is a little green but it totally works for his character.
All in all, a pretty great night of theater (I think I would have enjoyed it even more if there wasn’t the anticipation of “Is this going to be Luke’s nude scene…is this…is this oh crud its over”). If you are in the Hartford area, go see it right away! If you are in the NYC area, it is a judgement call whether you want to trek the journey to Hartford. I don’t think you will be disappointed but two plus hours to get there might be a little daunting.
Nudity rating: 5 (once you get over the initial Luke disappointment. On the plus side, there are several nice shirtless scenes for him).