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Afterglow

Afterglow
Pride Arts Center - The Buena
Thru - Jun 2, 2019

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Pride Arts Center - The Buena

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Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended

"...Afterglow's efforts to have it both ways—like in a peculiar, ceremonious opening movement/strip number set to a cheesy R&B song—somehow manages to be less lascivious yet more uncomfortable than the unambiguous, sex-positive boy-lesque shows it aims to elevate itself from."
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Dan Jakes



Windy City Times- Highly Recommended

"...Afterglow shines overall and is an enjoyable romp that tackles tough questions and topics that same-sex audiences will relate to."
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Jerry Nunn



Stage and Cinema- Recommended

"...Playwright S. Asher Gelman delivers unforced honesty in his terse depiction of the dangers of overthinking adoration, as well as the perils of a half-hearted renunciation. Barnes, Holton, and Montoya expose, exploit and enlarge those discoveries, at time pushing the envelope but more often keeping the raw real and the hurt human."
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Lawrence Bommer



Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

"...David Zak’s brave, no-holds-barred production of S. Asher Gelman’s groundbreaking drama reminds audiences that the climax, taken either way, is only the beginning—at least in this play. The one-act will appeal strongly to Chicago’s LGBTQ audience. However, because of a certain familiarity to the story, this play also offers a universal human experience. There’s a message here for anyone who’s ever been involved in a committed relationship, but felt the need for something more. The pitfalls of taking a monogamous connection to another level by bringing in a third party for adventurous sex (“no sleepovers are allowed,” the married couple warn Darius), can all be found in this play. David Zak has discovered his own way to shape this story, always keeping it original, with the emotions raw and in plain sight. He’s cast three excellent actors to bring Gelman’s cautionary drama to life. It’s an exciting production that’s sure to be talked about for a long time."
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Colin Douglas