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What Is the Story of Choir Boy?
Set at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, an elite academy for African-American youth, Choir Boy centers on five members of the school's celebrated choir. The choir’s gifted leader, Pharus, is effeminate, but whether or not he is actually gay is initially unclear. However, his fellow singers have made their minds up and verbally abuse him. The headmaster and a teacher on the verge of retirement try to intervene and confront the tensions surrounding adolescent feelings. Will Pharus conform to expectations and gain the respect he needs?
What is Choir Boy Like?
Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy examines pubescent sexual longing, race, sexuality, faith, bullying, education and strained family relationships. The play covers a year in which the role and workings of the school choir, celebrating its 50th anniversary, are put under the microscope. The young actors form a compelling vocal quartet, whose a cappella harmonies of spiritual gospel and hymnals are embedded into the action. Choir Boy looks at the emotions and politics of minority and masculinity in the hallways, locker rooms and dormitories of an elite academy.
Is Choir Boy Good for Kids?
Choir Boy includes profanity, racial and sexual epithets, nudity and mild violence. The drama is too heavy for children, but mature teenagers might be able to appreciate the play’s action and message.