City Rep play examines emotional aspects of early AIDS crisis

JOHN BRANDENBURG
For The Oklahoman
Modified: November 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm •  Published: November 13, 2012

photo - Brian Hamilton, Michael Corolla and Scotty Taylor appear in Larry Kramer's Tony-award-winning drama “The Normal Heart,” making its Oklahoma premier this weekend at City Rep. Photo provided
Brian Hamilton, Michael Corolla and Scotty Taylor appear in Larry Kramer's Tony-award-winning drama “The Normal Heart,” making its Oklahoma premier this weekend at City Rep. Photo provided

Michael Corolla as Mickey Marcus was no less intense, venting his frustration at the uncertainties of the AIDS crisis and being summoned back for a city meeting that gets cancelled from vacation in Brazil.

Stacey Logan did a superb job of conveying the care and frustrations of a physician, a polio survivor in a wheelchair, who is dubbed “Dr. Death” for her unstinting commitment to her AIDS patients.

Brian Hamilton brought southern, subversive humor to Tommy Boatwright, and Terry Veal was excellent as the New York mayor’s gay aide, who suggests that anger may not be the best way to influence his boss.

Even more crucial was Michael Jones’ low key but heartfelt portrayal of Weeks’ straight, Jewish, lawyer brother, who resolves their differences and accepts him as an equal, in the play’s cathartic final scene.

Exposing its characters’ hearts in terms almost guaranteed to touch spectators’ hearts, the R-rated CityRep version of the play, which won three Tony Awards for best revival in 2011, is highly recommended.

It will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16; at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17; and at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18.

Tickets are $35 for evening performances and $30 for matinees, with students, teachers and members of the military admitted for $8.

“Call 848-3761 or 297-2264 or visit the website at www.cityrep.com for information.