The Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley (1968)

9 M

Michael – 30, central character, his apartment, east 50’s
Donald – Michael’s boyfriend
Alan – 30, straight man
Emory – Short and ugly, queen
Larry – had a thing with Donald
Hank – Married, with Larry
Bernard – 28, black
Cowboy – Hired stripper
Harold – The instigator, arrives late, another boyfriend of Michael’s

Act 1: PP. 3-51

  • P.3 – Donald enters, Michael’s boyfriend
  • Donald lives on Long Island now
  • Michael’s monologue about his parents
  • Alan calls
  • Michael has stopped smoking and drinking for 5 weeks
  • Michael is an alcoholic
  • P. 19 – Emory, Hank, Larry enter
  • Hank & Larry a couple
  • Larry recognizes Donald
  • P. 26 – Bernard enters
  • Alan calls to say he is not coming
  • Dancing
  • P. 34 – Alan arrives during dance
  • Alan and Michael go into bedroom to talk
  • P. 46 – Cowboy enters
  • Emory hired Cowboy
  • Alan attacks Emory
  • Harold arrives
  • Michael takes a drink

Act 2: PP. 53-114

  • Michael is drinking now
  • Harold & Emory are ugly
  • Harold smokes pot
  • Harold notices Michael is drinking