‘Afterglow’ the play – a review

When the opportunity to see one of the most talked about gay plays in a while came up, I thought why not make a date night with my Husband! Here’s my review of ‘Afterglow’.

After a great afternoon seeing the Heavenly Bodies exhibition at the MET and a nice dinner, we headed to the Loft at the Davenport Theatre.

Afterglow’s set is simple and is cleverly and quickly changed for each scene. I was impressed also with the onstage shower scene with an actual running shower! Oh, and the AC did a good job on a really hot night too!

Afterglow examines an open relationship with a 30-something couple and a playmate, and how he becomes part of their lives. It opens with them all in bed, and yes they are naked! The nudity felt right, it was there at the beginning and it wasn’t overplayed throughout.

The actors do a great job with this non-stop, one-act play which they carry at a great pace and you do feel right there with them.

Joe Chisholm (Alex) was a standout for me, he had perhaps the hardest role emotionally. That’s not to say that Brandon Haagenson (Josh) and David Merten (Darius) were not superb, the cast of three kept me thoroughly engaged the whole time.

I will not be surprised to see this as a film soon and at all the LGBT film festivals.

There is only one month left to see the show, it closes August 12th so treat yourself and get your tickets now!

Go online to Telecharge, call Telecharge 212-239-6200, or book in person at The Loft at the Davenport Theatre, 354 W45th St, New York, NY 10036

If you want to make your night very special, book yourself a car service to take you home. We used GS New York– who are gay owned and operated, and the Drivers are charming and attentive. Our driver was also an actor and we had a great chat on the way home about the play, and his upcoming shows too!

Their prices are great and you get a full limousine service for the price with luxurious cars. To get out to the furthest part of Queens from Manhattan is $100, which is only a few more dollars than a yellow cab! Trips in Manhattan start at $50.

Go to gsnewyork.com for more info!




Robin Gray

Robin is the interim-Editor of Queer Forty. He loves movies, TV, politics and video games. He writes about everything and anything, and loves to make people happy with his writing. He's also the Chief Creative Officer of the parent company, Bear World Media and is looking forward to developing Queer Forty even further as it carries on its mission of representation for all LGBTQ people over 40.

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