Sunday, October 19, 2008

Support Local Gay Theater

(Courtesy of Brad Minus, photo of Carlos Milan, the sole actor of "Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown")

In an earlier post, I featured a local gay play that is currently running in Ybor City, the old historic part of Tampa. "Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown" runs through Nov. 2 at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E. 7th Ave., Tampa, and Street Car Charlies, 1811 N. 15th St., Tampa. (727) 644-7077. A funny, sometimes poignant look at the crosscurrents of race and gender in the lives of many different Hispanic gay men, all roles played by one talented actor, this play is being staged by Gypsy Productions.

The local theater company entered into a one-year forced hiatus following the closure of the famous (or infamous, take your pick) Suncoast Resort in St Petersburg. But this past fall Gypsy Productions moved its home to Ybor City, and offered the drama, "Gross Indeceny: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde," at Ritz Ybor, a banquet facility converted into a performance space. The new space is about 25 percent smaller than the last one, but at least the theater is in the middle of the gay district of Tampa, which has gay-friendly shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs (see here for a recent write-up on the theater). Go and support your one and only gay theater in the Tampa Bay Area!

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