The Boys in the Band Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Who is the story of THE BOYS IN THE BAND about?

THE BOYS IN THE BAND is the story of nine gay men in New York City in 1969.

2. What is the premise of THE BOYS IN THE BAND?

The men gather one evening for a birthday celebration which turns out not to be very festive.

3. How does the play open?

The play opens in the well-appointed apartment of Michael who is wrapping a gift when Donald arrives, bemoaning the cancellation of his therapy appointment.

4. What seems to brighten Donald's glum mood?

Donald's spirits lift at the proposition of a martini and some items Michael has purchased exclusively for his pampering.

5. From what does Donald suffer and how does it impact his life?

Donald suffers anxiety attacks and would not be in the city tonight if it weren't for the appointment with his analyst and this birthday party as he prefers to stay at home on Long Island.

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