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In Bed With Roy Cohn

September 1, 2015
At The Lion-Theatre on Theatre-Row:

Joan Beber’s IN BED WITH ROY COHN [*****]

JOE McCARTHY’S HIT-MAN IN DEATH-DELIRIUM:

RONALD REAGAN, JULIUS ROSENBERG, & BARBARA WALTERS INVADE HIS BEDROOM…

OK, so you’ve never heard of Gertjan Houben, but there should be a Tony-Award, a Drama-Desk-Award, & an Outer-Critics-Circle-Award—or at least Triple-Nominations—for his Outstanding-Innovations in Pixilated-Projection, Psychedelic-Video, & Surreal-Stage-Lighting.

Roy Cohn is Dying in Bed & in Torment, twisting & turning Evocatively, even Erotically.

As Christopher Daftsios recreates the Cold-War-Warrior—who had Ethel & Julius Rosenberg Executed-for-Treason—he makes Roy seem like a Good-Fuck.

Good to see Marilyn Sokol as Roy’s Outrageously-Dressed & Excessively-Possessive Mother.

But Roy had a Problem: He wanted the Public to believe he was a Real-Macho-Guy.

So he Squired Barbara Walters around the Town—but Lee Roy Rogers makes it clear that Barbs knew she was just Cohn’s "Beard.”

Roy’s Real-Squeeze is here Athletically-Embodied by Serge [Serge Thony], an Ambisexual-African-American.

Nelson Avidon is almost as Down-Home-Western as the Real-Ronald-Reagan.

Ian Gould plays the Hapless Julius Rosenberg, convicted with Wife-&-Mother, Ethel Rosenberg, of giving Atomic-Bomb-Secrets to the Soviets.

Amid the Surreal-Swirlings of the Projections, one wonders who gave our Atomic-Bomb-Secrets to the Israelis? No Charges; No Arrests; No Death-Sentences…

Playwright Joan Beber has had to be Selective in Bedmates; otherwise, we’d have had the Grotesque-Spectacle of Roy & Joe McCarthy having Gay-Sex.

Katrin Hilbe deftly raced her Lively-Cast around both Stage & Auditorium, with Choreography by Lisa Shriver.

Copyright 2015 Glenn M. Loney

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