The View UpStairs: A Cast Change Stumbles Down Those Very Stairs.
There’s a lovely sweet and sour story enmeshed in Max Vernon’s The View UpStairs. About our creation of family and love to battle the forces of hate and intolerance. Sadly it is lost somewhere behind the heavy handed book by Vernon and the over the top direction by Scott Ebersold. What happened that night in New Orleans is a tragedy, but it was one that I had never heard before this year. The tale was entered into my consciousness, surprisingly, by a different play currently being performed at the Public Theatre a few blocks north from the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project where The View UpStairs is currently. Gently Down the Stream, the new play by Martin Sherman starring a warm Harvey Fierstein telling us about some moments in gay history as seen through the eyes of his character, a mid-60’s gay man from Louisiana. And one of the stories being told is that night at the UpStairs gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. His telling is heart-breaking and completely captivating, so I had high hopes for this show.