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“The Temperamentals” is a play that is described as “Milk” meets “Mad Men.” For decades, it was thought that Stonewall in 1969 was the first gay activism in the United States, and this play shows that nearly 10 years prior, a group of gays in 1950 started the Mattacine Society, a group devoted to the welfare and protection of homosexuals. You’ll laugh, gasp and be so glad that this group took a stand for gay rights when it was so uncool to do so. The lead actor in “The Temperamentals” is Michael Urie (of the about-to-be-canceled show “Ugly Betty“) and he is so cute in the play that even if you are not into the gay thing, you won’t be able to take your eyes off him. Plus, if you are into the gay thing, he is shirtless in a couple of scenes! Fun fact: Urie’s character, Rudi Gernreich, was a a Hollywood costume designer and Viennese Jew who had escaped the Holocaust and who, years later, would become famous as the creator of the topless bathing suit.
The show debuts on February 28, 2010 at New World Stages located at 340 West 50th Street. Tickets can be purchased through Telecharge.