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Tarell Alvin McCraney's "Choir Boy" Bares All at Marin Theatre Company

And it's worth it.



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Pharus (Jelani Alladin), Junior (Rotimi Agbabiaka), David (Forest Van Dyke), Bobby (Dimitri Woods) and AJ (Jaysen Wright) performing. Bay Area premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy, which runs at Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, June 4 – 28, 2015.

When it comes to theater, I'm your gal. By no means am I a self proclaimed theater critic, but I love my fair share of stage plays and musicals. Last year, I attended the press preview event for Motown The Musical when it was here in San Francisco.  So when my friend Carolyn, who works at ABC 7 and KGO Radio, said she had two press tickets to Choir Boy at Marin Theatre Company, I jumped on the chance to not only catch up with a college friend, but to see this wonderful production.

Here's a little back story straight from the press release:

"Choir Boy is an intimate coming-of-age story threaded throughout with haunting a cappella gospel music. To celebrate 50 years of dedication to creating strong, ethical black men, the elite Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is preparing for a very important anniversary gala fundraiser. The pressure is high for the school's administration and teachers, and even higher for the institution's legendary choir. When Pharus, a brash, young gay man on scholarship, and Bobby, a well-connected legacy student, compete for lead tenor, their afterschool battles lead to huge revelations about identity, history and friendship. This "vivid, magnetic and moving" (The New York Times) play "genuinely sizzles" (The Guardian) and sings a stirring tune" (The Washington Post)."

Truly a show that will pull at your heartstrings from the get go, Choir Boy dives into the topic of homosexuality at an all boys prep school full force. Alternating perspectives from the show's seven main characters bring the story full-circle. While I don't want to give anything away – aside from the main plot, of course – this is one production you should take the time to see before it's gone.

Warning: There is nudity in this production.

If You Go:

When: June 4 – July 5

Where: Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley

Tickets: $20–$50

marintheatre.org


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