I have been reviewing male nudity in theater for quite a while now and I must say, the amount of nudity in Midnight Theatricals’ AFTERGLOW is unprecedented! So AFTERGLOW deserves it’s own full review.
This exploration of the modern gay couple flirting with open marriage, since it’s now legal, is not entirely new plot but for a gay play, it definitely was not explored before.
Josh (Brandon Haagenson) and Alex ( Robbie Simpson) are gay couple in their fifth year together. They are married in a completely open relationship and expecting parents of a surrogate child. Problem starts when they bring in a third, Darius (Patrick Reilly) and Josh and Darius fell in love.
The set is inventive and minimalist (which include a working shower) designed by Ann Beyersdorfer, creative lighting by Jamie Roderick and solid sound design by Alex Dietz-Kest which works well in an intimate blackbox stage. All 3 actors acted very well, and are all nice eye candies, although, it just made me think…the play is set in New York City, it would have added a different dynamic if the casting was more diverse…The three actors are impressive though, turning the material into something more special. Their chemistry is great.
This show gets a perfect 5 for male nudity! All three actors gets fully nude multiple times during the play in a well lit stage and for longer than 5 minutes a a time. There is no bad seating in the theater. You can see every nook and crannies of their bodies in full display. The cast should be commended. They have no problem taking their clothes off time and time again. Brandon has a very lean body, cut, low hanging balls, nice ass. And on stage, anything can happen, I got lucky because there was a scene in second act that his cock was half mast! Very impressive cock! Robbie has a nice sexy boy, nice and, cut cock, low hanging balls too, trimmed pubes and very nice legs. There was a scene where he was in his underwear when he entered the stage and he started to get dressed, his legs just looks amazing. And Patrick is your twink type body, he also has a long cut cock and shaved balls, trimmed pubes and nice ass.
And again, I’ll say this, I haven’t seen this much of male nudity on stage. So friends, you must support this play if you are in NYC! It even beats TAKE ME OUT by Richard Greenberg in my opinion in terms of nudity.
NUDITY RATING: A perfect 5 ( the most male nudity onstage I have seen so far!!!)
The play runs until August 5, 2017
A Midnight Theatricals Production
Directed by S. Asher Gelman
Starring: Brandon Haagenson, Patrick Reilly, and Robbie Simpson
Scenic design by Ann Beyersdorfer
Costume design by Fabian Aguilar
Lighting design by Jamie Roderick
Sound design by Alex Dietz-Kest
Dramaturgy by Mike Ross
Show Times: Monday – Wednesday @7:30pm, Thursday and Friday @8pm, Saturday @2pm and 8pm
Tickets from $65