Keith Curran

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Keith Curran is an American playwright and actor.

Curran grew up in Boston.[1] He had nightmares as a child and used that experience, as well as his desire to have a child, as a basis for his 1989 stage play Dalton's Back.[1] The play juxtaposes scenes about a boy's relationship with his mother with scenes of the boy as an adult who thinks he wants to have a child.[1] The New York Times said that while Curran's approach is earnest, it is not "particularly revelatory or theatrical to draw straight lines between related events from childhood and adulthood".[2] Critic John Simon called the play boring.[3] Dalton's Back ran from February 9 to March 5, 1989 at the Circle Rep.[4]

Curran's next play, Walking the Dead, follows a lesbian who has a sex change to become a man and is murdered by homophobes.[3] Simon commented that the purpose of the play, also performed by the Circle Rep, was to "irritate the hell" out of the audience, and that it spewed bile equally at heterosexuals and bisexuals.[3] Two selections from Walking the Dead were included in The Best Men's Stage Monologues of 1991.[5]

His play The Stand In was included in The Actor's Book of Gay and Lesbian Plays.[6] Variety said the play "epitomizes the best in small theater: A sharp, funny script ... [which] skewers nearly anything that moves, including filmmakers, publicists, talkshows, award shows, religions, gay activists, journalists and musician Yanni".[7]

Curran's on-stage work includes the musicals Just So (as the Giraffe) and Mayor. While Simon panned the production of Just So, calling it insipid, he singled out Curran and Teresa Burrell stating that their performances were "flavorous" and overcame the poor material.[8]

He is openly gay.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Kelli Pryor (1989-02-20). New York Magazine Growing Pains. New York Media, LLC. pp. 30–. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  2. ^ FRANK RICH (February 10, 1989). "Review/Theater; Sloughing Off Scars Of a Bad Childhood". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c John Simon (1991-05-27). New York Magazine Theater Review: Walking the Dead. New York Media, LLC. pp. 72–. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  4. ^ Guernsey, Otis L.; Sweet, Jeffrey (1989). The Best Plays of 1988-1989. Applause. ISBN 9781557830579. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  5. ^ Beard, Jocelyn (1991). The Best Men's Stage Monologues of ... Smith and Kraus, Inc. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  6. ^ Lane, Eric; Shengold, Nina (1995-11-21). The actor's book of gay and lesbian plays. Penguin Books. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  7. ^ "The Stand-in". Variety. March 13, 1995. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  8. ^ John Scott, New York Media (1985-12-16). New York Magazine Review: Just So. New York Media, LLC. pp. 101–. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  9. ^ "States of Schlock". New York, May 27, 1991.