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'The Temperamentals' fight for their rights at Rep Stage
'The Temperamentals' fight for their rights at Rep Stage

There is reason to be concerned that a didactic drama will be too, er, didactic, but John Marans' "The Temperamentals" explores the early history of the gay rights movement with a generally winning blend of pathos and humor. It helps that the play's many scenes are short and breezy rather than long and preachy. Audiences for the Rep Stage production will be entertained while receiving a history lesson. That history is centered around a single person, Harry Hay, who founded a pioneering organization in the 1950s, the Mattachine Society, which was named after a secretive society from the Renaissance. Hay and several other founding members also referred to themselves as...

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