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New York Times

Front page of the Arts Section - opening comment

When one of the gay men (played by Richard Lear) in this tensive and tender play breaks down because he has no way of knowing whether he somehow caused the deaths of his last three lovers, we are reminded of how cruelly primitive was the Stone Age of this epidemic. - Mr. Lear is a fine playing character – Peter Marks

Shout Magazine

The surprise of the evening was Richard Lear, who portrayed Bruce Niles who is paranoid of the Gay label and has lost three lovers to AIDS.  As the group’s president, he is dedicated and trapped in an organization that personifies what he is trying to avoid.  Gay politics, gay awareness, gay proclamation.  At first one thinks he was merely cast for his looks, and deservedly so.  He seems too conservative, too emotionally constrained to be an interesting character.  Then in Act Two, his speech of the last journey home with his dying lover is the most terrifying, heart wrenching moment in the show. - Robert W. Cabell


The supporting cast is equally good.  In particular, Richard Lear as Bruce Niles is stalwart as a closeted Citibank vice president, but in the moment he breaks, he reveals himself as fragile and as frightened as everyone else. - Christopher Byrne


Richard Lear is very fine as Bruce Niles, the stolid and respectable bank executive who not unreasonably fears the loss of his prestigious position. - Dan Isaac

Time Out New York

The strapping closeted Bruce (Richard Lear) who prefers to keep his private life private. - Edward Karam

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