But what about the psychic damage people inflict on themselves? Condemned by their religion, and ostracized by their families, some gay men develop high levels of internalized homophobia, which prevents them from enjoying life. In another part of the world, a desperate need for money may make a young gay man take extreme measures that could affect his future.
Shows for Days is closer, in style and genre, to Joseph Stein's 1963 adaptation of Carl Reiner's Enter Laughing. But that play--which launched the acting career of Alan Arkin and the directing career of Gene Saks--offered what the New York Times critic of the day described as continuous "side-splitting laughs."