New York

AIDS Alive

Continental Insurance Atrium

To watch the People With AIDS Theater Workshop is to see two dramas unfolding, because AIDS Alive is all pretend and yet it isn’t. Each actor is a Person With AIDS (PWA) who signifies a Person With AIDS, who’s really caught in the circumstance he’s pretending to be caught in. For these performers we don’t suspend our disbelief; they are not Hamlets who walk away once the curtain falls. Knowing this creates the show’s drama and meaning.

This relentlessly upbeat revue skates along with the energy of Andy Hardy announcing,“Have we got a show for you.” AIDS Alive is old-fashioned story theater—breezy, rather ingenuous, the feather touch applied to “heavy” material—no one fighting to survive can afford misanthropy.

Performing during a lunch hour in the busy Continental Insurance Atrium near Wall Street, with a revolving-door exit on one side of the stage and a card-and-candy shop on the other,

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