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Romp and roll.

Playwright David Grimm unlaces corsets and unbuttons breeches in his randy Restoration romp, Measure for Pleasure (at New York's Public Theater; previews begin February 21). 'To me. the past isn't something that's kept in mothballs:' says the author of Kit Marlowe and Sheridan, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. "When we look at human beings from a bit of distance we look at ourselves with a bit more objectivity."

Gleefully exposing love and lust in mid-18th-century England, Grimm's Pleasure climaxes with a happy ending and a gay couple's marriage. The Midwestern-born redheaded playwright, currently single ("I'm hoping for a date out of this," he quips), is neither pro--nor anti--same-sex marriage: As a teenager coming out in 1980, he says, the best thing was not having to follow the paradigms of the straight world. "But I do think there is something cool and subversive about taking the cornerstone of heterosexual society and saying, 'Oh, you think this is for a man and a woman only? Up yours!'"
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Title Annotation:THEATER
Author:Raymond, Gerard
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 28, 2006
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