“Singing Gospel, Growing Up Gay”: I review “Choir Boy”

“Singing Gospel, Growing Up Gay”: I review “Choir Boy” February 4, 2015

at Studio Theater:

“Choir Boy” is about the struggles of a gay teen coming of age in a black, Christian prep school for boys; but it’s also about the complex interweaving of religion, ambition, and emotion. In Studio’s staging it’s almost entirely effective. This story could easily be melodramatic—McCraney makes several heavy-handed choices in terms of character development and dialogue—but the committed actors and stylized use of singing give it an emotional power which carries it over its occasional soapy lapses.

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