JoHary Ramos and Ivan Davila
photo: Carol Rosegg
The Wings Theatre
154 Christopher St.
Thu-Sat 8 p.m. Sun 3:30
Through May 4
$19 (212) 627-2960
by Christopher Byrne
The Wings Theater has long
been a champion of gay-themed plays, with interesting new dramatists,
challenging pieces, and spectacular failures. But, like all strong,
companies, the group keeps
going and keeps true to its mission of supporting the gay theater. For
that reason alone, no time spent at Wings is ever wasted.
The current offering, Tango Masculino is a
heartfelt exploration of roles within relationships that is consistently
interesting, strongly acted and well written. Clint Jefferies, who often
writes for Wings, has created his best structured and richest work to
date, and as directed by Jeffrey Corrick and acted by a fine company,
Wings is at the top of its form.
Two actors in particular stand out. Ivan Davila
plays Rosendo, a "successful" man who is lord of a brothel. He
is charming, suave, sexy and versatile in the role. JoHary Ramos plays
Jorge, the young man who looks to Rosendo as a mentor and guide -- not
just in business, but in love. The volatile dynamics of the relationship
between the two men within the context of Buenos Aires in
the early 1930's becomes a fascinating study of the balance of power and
love in any human relationship.
Complemented by a rich company of other
characters, good songs and some of the best stage combat I've ever seen
by Kymberli E. Morris, this is a highly worthwhile evening.