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"The Tricky Part"
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4.3 average rating
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337 events
224 reviews
75 stars
attended Feb 05 2008

I had presumed that the play would be about a non-gay 12-yearol boy being seduced by a gay adult man. However, it seemed to be more like a gay boy's first experience that included emission.

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Sharon Red Velvet
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20 stars
attended Feb 17 2008

The play closed last night after the performance we saw but I would recommend it unequivocably: both the acting and the writing.

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3 reviews
2 stars
attended Feb 12 2008

Martin did a great job, just wasn't what I was expecting. I won't be recommending it to anyone.

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“Moran confronts the trauma in his past with startling and admirable empathy, and, even more surprisingly, an undaunted sense of humor.” —_Newsday__ _
“A translucent memoir of a play… shattering… a quiet victory.” —New York Times


In life we are bombarded with choices: good and evil, right and wrong. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. Sometimes right isn’t all right and wrong isn’t all wrong. So, what do you do? That’s The Tricky Part.
p. Every once in a while a play comes along with the intelligence to engage your mind and the human warmth to touch your heart and soul. Every once in a long while comes an actor whose performance is so candid and sincere you’re sure he is speaking directly to you.

Told by Martin Moran with disarming honesty,_ The Tricky Part_ is a riveting journey through the complexities of Catholicism, sexuality and human transgression. It’s an extraordinary theatrical journey you will never forget.

Told by Martin Moran with disarming honesty, The Tricky Part is a riveting journey through the complexities of Catholicism, sexuality and human transgression. It’s an extraordinary theatrical journey you will never forget.

Martin Moran (Author, Performer) Broadway: Spamalot, Cabaret, Titanic, Bells Are Ringing, Big River, How To Succeed in Business…, A Christmas Carol, Oliver!  NATIONAL TOUR: Doonesbury. OFF-BROADWAY:Lincoln Center Theater: A Man Of No Importance; Atlantic Theater Company: The Cider House Rules; Playwrights Horizons: Floyd Collins. REGIONAL: Long Wharf, Williamstown Theater Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, American Conservatory Theater, The Intiman, San Jose Rep, Shakespeare and Company. FILM/TV: The Next Big Thing; Private Parts; Law &Order; Law & Order Criminal Intent; Dellaventura; Mary and Rhoda. AWARDS: 2004 Obie and two Drama Desk Nominations for The Tricky Part,2005Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers and 2005 Lambda Literary Award for memoir: The Tricky Part: A Boy’s Story of Sexual Trespass, A Man’s Journey To Forgiveness.

Seth Barrish (Director) Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Barrow Group—a non-profit theater company in New York City.  Mr. Barrish has worked as an actor, director, composer, and musical director internationally, Off-Broadway, Off Off Broadway, and in regional theaters for over 30 years.  Directing Credits include:  Stephen King’s Misery, David Edgar’s Pentecost, Martin Moran’s Obie Award-winning The Tricky Part, Nicolette & Aucasin, Old Wicked Songs (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award & Garland Award for Best Direction), Thy Kingdom’s Coming, Lonely Planet, Good (Straw Hat Award for Best Direction), Ghost in the Machine, Tales From Hollywood, Greetings, BeauJest, Three Sisters, and When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder?.  Theatres: Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, The Promenade, McCarter, Long Wharf, Sundance theatre lab, The Geffen Playhouse, Playhouse 91, La Mama e.t.c., The Perry Street Theatre, Provincetown Rep, Capital Rep, Miniature Theatre of Chester, and The Barrow Group.  Mr. Barrish has made numerous film and television appearances and is a professional acting and directing teacher in New York City.   He recently served as a Master Teacher at the International Director’s Symposium in Spoleto, Italy.  He is author of the book An Actors Companion–99 Bits of Craft.

About the Ticket Supplier: Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre is a Tony Award®-winning, non-profit professional theater company with a mission to produce contemporary musicals and plays, reinvent classic musicals, develop new work, and reach its community through engaging educational and outreach opportunities.