Harris, Paul (American playwright, 1958-____), “To Have And To Hold,”
a 95-minute romantic gay comedy in English, set in New York, early 1990s,
• © 1996; • contact Paul Harris at 305 West 45th Street #3-I, New York City, New York 10036, U.S.A., e-mail PHARRIS825@aol.com, telephone (work) 212-265-6845; • script available from Amazon.com, or from publisher Dialogus Press, telephone 800-686 9484, or from a good quality gay bookstore, ISBN1581931514; rights available from Dialogus Play Service, P.O. Box 815761, Dallas TX 75381, U.S.A., telephone 800-686-9484. Cited by Paul Harris via ftp April 10, 1998; Harris says,
Dramatis Personae Michael (m), a drag queen; Jim (m), closeted stand-up comedian.
Comment “I attach part of a review published by the ‘TWN’ in Miami. ‘Paul Harris has a lot to say—and a lot of it is hysterically funny. Harris’ latest play “To Have And To Hold” has settled into a four week run at South Beach’s Edge Theatre. A modern fable about two gay men who meet through a personal ad, the story is compounded as both are HIV-positive and struggling with those realities. Add to the mix that both are performers—Michael a drag queen, and Jim, a closeted stand-up comedian—and there’s plenty of potential for laughs, right? Best of all, for those who are tired of being beaten up by AIDS theatre, “no one dies” as playwright Harris puts it.’ ‘Harris’ style suggests Seinfeld meets "Friends"—that is, if Jerry and Matt LeBlanc were gay. Employing a comedian as one of the two characters leaves lots of latitude for outrageous one-liners and screamingly funny short stories. One front-row audience member on opening weekend literally did that: screamed in laughter. When the other character is a drag queen, well, let’s say there’s something for almost everyone therein.’ (Mark Canterbury, ‘TWN’) Another critic, Fred Diekmann, wrote: ‘Playwright Paul Harris opens new vistas with his excellent play striking that hornet’s nest of sleeping bee awakenings in the homosexual world of survival. A two character play has never been so riveting and in tune with modern times.’”
Themes drag queen, HIV, male homosexuality, performing, personal ad, reality, stand-up comedy, survival.
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