7 Stages since I was hired to be the stage manager for Dracula: The Rock Opera almost a year ago. Since then I have been honored to work with some amazing Atlanta artists and gotten to see some amazing shows. This past weekend was the World Premiere of Angry Fags written by Topher Payne. Yes, it deals with some very serious issues such as terrorism, equality and what it means to start a revolution. It also deals with love, compassion, revenge, bath house fluffing, Steal Magnolia's and the importance of Julia Sugarbaker. Everything you would expect and love from the Atlanta gay community. They're here, they're queer and they're not going to take it anymore!
Topher Payne's script was amazingly well written. The comedy was gold and the emotions were intense. The inappropriate humor secured this play as being one of my new favorite black comedies. There were multiple moments during the show that the words were so at odds with what was happening, these times made it seem darker and more real. The nervous chuckle you accidentally let slip as the body count climbs and shivers stroll down your spine to keep you in the moment, it's that awkwardness that we have all felt when you have tried to not laugh during a moment of silence or cracked a joke at a funeral. It constantly walked the line of good taste and occasionally blurred it in way that made you safely uncomfortable so you could really understand the message of the play, we're all people and we all deserve to be happy.