Bright Colors And Bold Patterns: Hiller Stirs Up the Same Wild Cocktails… But Made With a Darker Liquor.
This is my third time being a guest poolside for Bright Colors And Bold Patterns, my second time at Soho Playhouse, and the first time with the new lead, Jeff Hiller (Broadway’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and I must say, it hasn’t lost any of its biting wit and dark laughs.
As it was with the first visit to this party, the lead (and only) character, Gerry, is the man of this happy hour. He’s that guy that we all know that shows up at every party, a bit drunk already, and demands the follow spot. He’s the one who talks and talks and talks, barely letting anyone else get a word in, until in a moment of seemingly curiosity, he asks an innocent bystander a direct question. And then, as quick as an energizer bunny, he snatches back the microphone and flies off to where ever he deems this party should go barely loosing the beat.
We also know this locale too, especially if you’ve ever been privy to the poolside world of beautiful gay men basking in the sun in designer speedos on Fire Island or at their country home. In this particular case, it’s a Palm Springs desert house, meticulously and homo-fantastically designed by Dara Wishingrad (Kimmel Centre’s 8 Stops) that is hosting a small gaggle of gay men from LA brought together for a college friend’s gay wedding.
Unseen and unheard, but implied, lounging by the pool is a sunbathing couple, Dwayne and his much younger boyfriend, Mack. Both “gorgeous”, or so we are told by Gerry, the dear friend, ex-lover, and former NYC roommate of Dwayne. He wheels in with his Rollie bag and heads straight to the bar for a drink. He needs it, you see. Like medication or fuel. Or maybe both. (for the full review, click here)