What are the best plays with gay characters?

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    #1The Normal Heart

    The Normal Heart

    The Normal Heart is a dramatic play with LGBT themes written by Larry Kramer. The Normal Heart was published on October 29, 1985 by Plume. This edition has a forword by Joseph Papp and an introduction by Andrew Holleran.

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    Tammy Taylor
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This play will truly touch your heart and bring you to tears. As a supporter of LGBT, and in a time where our world has been going crazy with everyone trying to find themselves and identify themselves, this play is one that everyone must read."
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    #2Fifth of July

    Fifth of July

    Fifth of July is a dramatic play with LGBT themes written by Lanford Wilson. Fifth of July was published on March 12, 2011 by Dramatists Play Service. It was first published in 1978.

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    #3The Destiny of Me

    The Destiny of Me

    The Destiny of Me is a dramatic play with LGBT themes written by Larry Kramer. The Destiny of Me was published on August 1, 1993 by Plume. It is a companion to The Normal Heart.

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    George Soto
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "The Destiny of Me is a novel centered around a gay character, Larry, with AIDs. As each page unfold you discover a little more about Larry and his life. You will be swept up in this drama as you see how Larry's stage performance bring him back and through his life, to give him the feeling of more time."
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    #4M. Butterfly

    M. Butterfly
    M. Butterfly is a dramatic play with LGBT themes written by David Henry Hwang. M. Butterfly was published on June 1, 1995 by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. It was first published in 1986.
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    Gary Elliott
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a smart and refreshing drmatic paly based on gay characters. It will make you laugh, cry, and at times say what the hell. From the first few moments you are instantly drawn in and hooked by this story. Highly recommended for gays and straights alike!"
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    #5The Sum of Us

    The Sum of Us

    The Sum of Us is a dramatic play with LGBT themes written by David Stevens. The Sum of Us was published on June 1, 1995 by Currency Press. This play won an AFI Award.

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    Justin Duncan
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I feel this play is a little dated but that’s good thing for society. Still, it’s a good play with honest dialogue. I wouldn’t mind seeing this on stage, but the words hold up well on the page. It takes place in Australia so there’s a little traveling fun as well for this American."
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    #6The Children's Hour

    The Children's Hour

    The Children's Hour is a dramatic play with LGBT themes written by Lillian Hellman. The Children's Hour was published in 1953 by Dramatists Play Service.

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    Ajay Bhatnagar
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Clicking on its Amazon review page, this does not look like an LGBT play. The play/book is about a girl who spreads false gossip about 2 women who run the school that this girl studies in."
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    #7The Boys in the Band

    The Boys in the Band

    The Boys in the Band is a fictional dramatic play with LGBT themes written by Mart Crowley. The Boys in the Band was published in 1968 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 

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    Marcela Peralta
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I've never seen this play live, only read it, so I wonder how much is lost in that experience. It is still a very good play, reflecting the experiences and attitudes of a specific time period (it was published in the late 60s). It would be a great read for younger people today, especially if combined with some historical essays/editorials. Just remember to read deeper than the intro, surface level events."
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    #8Beautiful Thing

    Beautiful Thing

    Beautiful Thing is a dramatic play with LGBT themes written by Jonathan Harvey. Beautiful Thing was published on July 1, 2003 by A&C Black. It was first published in 1996.

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    Arjun Tambe
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This was sorely needed when it came out. It highlights issues surrounding LGBT and acceptance in larger society. As a lesbian woman, I still enjoy this play to this day, even after many years."
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    #9Love! Valour! Compassion!

    Love! Valour! Compassion!

    Love! Valour! Compassion! is a dramatic play with LGBT themes written by Terrence McNally. Love! Valour! Compassion! was published on May 1, 1995 by Dramatists Play Service.

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    Austin Reid
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Love! Valour! Compassion! was an excellent read. It is so awe inspiring. I enjoyed every word of it."
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    #10Take Me Out

    Take Me Out

    Take Me Out is a dramatic play with LGBT themes written by Richard Greenberg. Take Me Out was published on August 6, 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It was originally published in 2002.

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    Gregory Ford
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I enjoyed this book because it allowed me to imagine what the world of a star athlete would be like if he were openly gay. The plot is very moving and deals with topics such as homophobia and racism. The overall story is truly inspiring. "

Summary

Best What are the best plays with gay characters
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Normal HeartBooks 46 Paid
2Fifth of JulyBooks 41 Paid
3The Destiny of MeBooks 36 Paid
4M. ButterflyBooks 36 Paid
5The Sum of UsBooks 32 Paid
6The Children's HourBooks 28 Paid
7The Boys in the BandBooks 27 Paid
8Beautiful ThingBooks 19 Paid
9Love! Valour! Compassion!Books 15 Paid
10Take Me OutBooks 11 Paid
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