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“Bootycandy,” the Wilma Theater’s season-ending production, is going to challenge the sturdiest of theatergoers. It’s a challenge worth meeting."
‘Bootycandy’ vulgar but insightful, Review in Chestnut Hill Local
"But it demands to be seen, not least for the Wilma’s brilliant production, directed by the author, which on every level — especially its ensemble of five superb actors — could hardly be better."
Bootycandy's Unabashed Sex Talk Is Not For the Faint of Heart, Review in Philadelphia City Paper
"O’Hara has a unique grasp of sound and sense. His dialogue, particularly in the first act has a staccato rhythm, a cadence that has both point and counter point."
“Bootycandy” at Wilma is vulgar, funny and uncomfortably serious, Review in Daily Local
"People may have been in the aisle during this riotous play, but only because they were falling out of their seats laughing."
Booty Candy: A Hot Sweet Mess, Review in the Huffington Post
"Truly a play not to be missed."
Bootycandy Review, Review in EDGE
“I like history and what was left out of history,” O’Hara said about his works. “Being black and gay, I’m usually left out. I like alternative versions of history and ‘what-ifs’ and how they change how we think about who we are now. I usually play upon what we think we know about ourselves and back track. I feel that the theater is there to play with things and do playful things, and it’s a way to see real life.”
Out Playwright's new comedy makes Philly debut, Preview Feature from Philadelphia Gay News
"O’Hara brilliantly perceives the common linguistic idioms that link gays and blacks— two groups with little in common other than their shared history of exclusion and persecution— just as, say, Gershwin and Gottschalk sensed the common emotional threads running through the music of blacks and Jews. But O’Hara’s response to this state of affairs is not to lament it but to have a howling good time with it."
Alice (black, gay and male) in a 21st-Century Wonderland, Review in Broad Street Review
Playwright Robert O’Hara sums up his play “Bootycandy” with the tagline “Everybody is welcome, no one is safe.” Which should serve as fair warning to audiences to expect something that will delight in both embracing and offending their sensibilities.
‘Bootycandy’ will have you chuckling along to blue humor, Preview Feature in METRO Philadelphia
"The real answer is to find and do something that makes you happy and that means not just theater but your life as well. I have a loving partnership. I like where I live. I have many friends. You can’t make theater, or any one thing for that matter, your whole life. You have to build around it and then you can appreciate what you are doing.”
‘Bootycandy’ makes its way to Wilma Theater, Feature on playwright Robert O'Hara