British actors Hugh Dancy and Ben Whishaw have won praise for their turns playing troubled gay lovers in an off-Broadway production that jumps back and forth from repressed 1950s London to 2008.
“The Pride” is Alexi Kaye Campbell’s sentimental story about a fraught love triangle in 1958 and a stormy gay relationship in the present day. Dancy and Whishaw portray two couples in the different eras who anguish over emotional isolation and gay identity.
The New York Daily News said “Dancy is particularly good as the controlled 1950s Philip, who can’t acknowledge his same-sex longings” and Whishaw was “a wonder to watch.”
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“The Pride” opened at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York on Tuesday night, following an acclaimed debut in London in 2008.
Box office sales on Wednesday broke the single-day ticket sale record for MCC Theater, the show’s producer. MCC announced it will extend the play’s run for an additional week to March 28 because of audience demand.