By Greg Evans. An apologiaplaywright Alexi Kaye Campbell reminds us in his play so titled, is a defense, not an apology. An art historian by trade, social critic by temperament and pioneer by circumstance, Kristin no doubt has lost much along the way, but on this night, as her loved ones more or less gather to celebrate her birthday and the recent publication of a memoir, only two sacrifices seem to matter: The damaged, angry sons who will come calling to confront and understand their hurtful, total absence from the life story Kristin has just written.
The story takes place in two very different cultural moments for male-male relationships. Then, in London, he portrays an unfaithful lover and Dancy his monogamy-seeking ex-boyfriend. During the show, doe-eyed Whishaw professes a predilection for acts including but not limited to Nazi role-play and simulated rape.
The plot, set in the United Kingdom, juxtaposes the lives of homosexual men in the s and the s, or more precisely, and The s Philip, played by Dancy, first meets Whishaw's Oliver over cocktails. Plumes of smoke snake upward in a sparsely furnished, dimly lit drawing room as Philip makes stilted small talk with Oliver, his wife's colleague.
He's done the occasional costume drama since, but Dancy's background, growing up in an academic household in the Midlands and studying English at Oxford, didn't stop him from playing a New Yorker with Asperger's syndrome in the acclaimed indie drama Adam — and that casting director probably didn't foresee the "gay, Buddhist, wine-bar owning, marathon-running cancer patient" he played in the US TV hit The Big C. On the surface at least, his latest part doesn't seem that big a stretch. Their peace is broken when his wife's troubled younger sister, played by Elizabeth Olsen, seeks refuge from a sinister cult at their hideaway.
By Adam Feldman Mon Jan 25 Did your agent raise any concerns about your taking three months off to do an Off Broadway play on gay themes? January through March is a relatively short commitment.
Hugh Dancy is hysterical. In the film, opening today, Dancy plays Dr. Dalrymple teaches Granville the art of relieving this mysterious malady by essentially bringing their female patients to orgasm.
Maybe Walter Bobbie, who is directing the actor in the dark comedy Venus in Fur on Broadway this fall, nails it when he says, "The two sexiest things a person can have are intelligence and spontaneity. And Hugh definitely has those. It's been nearly four years since Dancy last appeared on Broadway, in the Tony-winning revival of Journey's Endbut audiences have had plenty of chances to admire the busy Brit. In addition to playing dual roles both gay characters in the off-Broadway show The Pride, Dancy just completed a season-long stint on Showtime's The Big C, playing, in his words, a "Buddhist, wine bar—owning, marathon-running gay cancer patient.
He's so proud he essentially came out to Out magazine. Then why is he in New York magazine talking about being straight? While the actor, who played one of the Bob Dylans in I'm Not There and starred as John Keats in the highly-regarded movie Bright Star earlier this year, doesn't exactly say, "Hey everyone, I am a giant homosexual," he makes it pretty easy to read between the lines.