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By Stacey Cervellino


Opening at Ensemble Studio Theater this week is A Bitter Taste, one of three plays being presented this month at EST by members of its Youngblood Collective. EST has produced and developed new American plays since 1972, establishing Youngblood in 1993 to develop and nurture emerging playwrights under the age of 30, giving them support, feedback, and most importantly: production time.

As men redefine themselves in the 21st Century, society is also redefining its definition, acceptance, and understanding when it comes to sexual orientation and sexual ambiguity. A Bitter Taste is a timely and proactive look at male sexuality, friendship, and an exploration of the grey areas that lie in-between.
EST describes A Bitter Taste:

“A mild-mannered college professor and a smooth-talking divorce attorney explore the underbelly of their lifelong friendship after their world is thrown off balance by a prostitute. Who happens to be underaged. And a boy. No assumption is safe in Kevin Christopher Snipes’ unsettling take on men, sex and friendship.”

A Bitter Taste
by Kevin Christopher Snipes
directed by R.J. Tolan
with Paul Clark, Haskell King and Peter O’Connor

Ensemble Studio Theatre – 2nd Floor Theatre
549 West 52nd Street @ 11th Avenue
Call: (212) 352-3101 for tickets or order online at
Tickets are $15.00


Originally published February 2006



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