Making the Boys Synopsis
An exploration of the drama, struggle and legacy of the first gay play.
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The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
Captivating documentary about the creation of, and reaction to, the breakthrough play "The Boys in the Band."
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80

Boxoffice Magazine

By Pam Grady
Making the Boys is at once political and personal. It is a history lesson, a sociological study and a memoir. It is a tale told with warmth...
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Los Angeles Times

Making the Boys reveals just how bound up Crowley's play is with the history of the gay community, most heartbreakingly in the number of...
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The hopelessly dated 1968 play "The Boys in the Band" yields a surprisingly sprightly and multifaceted documentary, Making the Boys.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

The most illuminating nuggets come from playwrights, authors and journalists, including Tony Kushner, Terrence McNally, Larry Kramer,...
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Variety

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Though some of this material is fascinating, it feels like a rambling postscript to the real story, with Robey, with the benefit of...
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60

Time Out New York

By David Fear
Ignore the documentary's regrettable low-rent look and that kitschy "Love, American Style" soundtrack, and just focus on how this portrait...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Crowley's biting portrait feels painfully dated, but in a way that's the point: Pioneers fight so those who follow can take their battles...
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Village Voice

By Melissa Anderson
Crayton Robey's documentary on this queer cultural touchstone admirably presents both sides of the divide.
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If You Make It, The Boys Will Come...

By stepbrad
If you are a fan of "Boys in the Band," this is defintely worth checking out. If you are a person in the gblt population who is not familiar with this film, it will be a good lesson in glbt film...