The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures
by Tony Kushner
Directed by Michael Greif
At the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis
AS A PLAYWRIGHT, Tony Kushner cannot be accused of compressing his scripts to crystalline perfection before trying them out on the public. In his latest play, as befits its unwieldy title, he permits his characters to engage in logorrheic speeches that test not only the lines themselves but often the patience of the audience.
Commissioned by the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, The Intelligent Homosexual‘s Guide was designed as the centerpiece of a three-stage “Kushner Celebration,” making full use of the Guthrie’s towering new facility designed by Jean Nouvel. “The play is set in Brooklyn in 2007,” Kushner told Lavender, Minnesota’s GLBT magazine, “and it involves a 75-year-old longshoreman and his three kids. Two of them are gay: