Wednesday, May 12, 2004

From stage to page: The New Haven (Conn.) Advocate spotlights the work of Yale School of Drama graduate and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also writes Marvel Knights' 4:

"Aguirre-Sacasa is a natural entertainer. He draws you in easily, using tried and true mainstream wit and charm. It's what he does when he has you in his clutches that you might want to prepare yourself for.

"In Aguirre-Sacasa's hilarious relationship comedy Say You Love Satan, a young gay man tires of his too-good-to-be-true boyfriend, escapes to a nightclub and hooks up with Old Scratch on the dance floor. The quips and gags lessen as the tryst heats up, and the play ends in a near-apocalypse.

"In a play originally titled Archie's Weird Romance (before names were changed to protect innocent, copyrighted characters), Aguirre-Sacasa has an American teenage comic book icon, also revealed to be gay, dating joy-killer Nathan Leopold in 1950s Chicago. The whimsical satire on family-friendly pop culture characters is really a harsh indictment of the comic book industry, which started censoring and emasculating itself amidst the fear-mongering and witch-hunting of the McCarthy era."