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'Holding The Man' a beautiful, poignant play from down-under

Nate Jones and Luke O' Sullivan boys who just want to have fun
Nate Jones and Luke O' Sullivan boys who just want to have fun
Suzanne Strong

'Holding the Man' one of Australia's most successful plays of all times

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By JoanAlperin-Schwartz

'Holding the Man' directed by veteran Hollywood acting coach, Larry Moss reminds us...why we go to the theatre.

Because when done well, a play can transform us in a way that no other medium can do...And that's certainly the case, with the newly formed, Australian Theatre Company's production of 'Holding the Man', now playing at the Matrix.

'Holding the Man' is based on writer, actor and activist Timothy Conigrave's best-selling memoir, which won the United Nations Human Rights Award for Non-Fiction.

First off, I must say that across the board, the acting is absolutely wonderful, with the standout being, Nate Jones. He's in practically every scene and I couldn't take my eyes of him. Jones definitely has that extra something that goes way beyond being, just a good actor.

'Holding the Man' starts out in Melbourne, Australia in the 1970's, not exactly an easy era to be 'gay'.

Timothy Conigrave (Nate Jones) attends an all-boys private school and has a big time crush on the captain of the football team, John Caleo (Adam J.Yeend). Lucky for Timothy, the attraction is mutual and so starts a love affair that lasts fifteen years.

We follow their relationship through separations, temptations, jealousies, betrayals, loses, and finally death, as a deadly virus hits the gay community and no one is immune...

'Holding the Man' is a love story that speaks across generations, sexual preference and cultures. It's a play that anyone and everyone can relate to.

It's at times, extremely funny and at times, extremely heartbreaking, but it's definitely a must-see. This is a play that will stay with you long after the curtain falls.

Rounding out this great cast, who each take on a multiple of roles are...Cameron Daddo, Adrienne Smith, Luke O'Sullivan and Roxane Wilson.

'Holding the Man' written by Tommy Murphy, opened May 10th and the remaining performances are...

Thursday at 8 p.m. June 5, 12, 19, 26

Fridays at 8 p.m. June 6, 13, 20, 27

Saturdays at 8 p.m. June 6, 13, 20, 27

Sundays at 3 p.m. June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

TICKET PRICES: $34.99

WHERE: Australian Theatre Company @ The Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave. LA CA 90046

HOW: 323-960-7735 or www.holdingtheman.us