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THEATER: Bisexual Fence-Sitter At The Heart of Mike Bartlett’s Cock

After a successful run in London some years back, Mike Bartlett’s romantic drama, Cock, is coming to off-Broadway this spring with a limited run beginning May 1 at the Duke on 42nd Street.

In the play, wishy-washy John takes a break from his longtime boyfriend and winds up in bed with a woman. But Cock is less a rumination on bisexuality than it is a look at “the paralyzing indecision that stems from not knowing who one really is,” as Michael Billington wrote in the Guardian.

Ironically, Cock‘s original Olivier-winning run at London The Royal Court Theatre featured UK actor Ben Whishaw (Brideshead Revisted, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer), who knows a thing or two about playing both sides of the field: Wishaw (right), who is starring as M in the next Bond flick, Skyfall, told New York magazine he was straight but essentially outed himself in an interview in Out magazine.

The U.S. version stars newcomer Cory Michael Smith as John, with Jason Butler Harner (Alcatraz), Amanda Quaid (Equus) and Cotter Smith (Next Fall, The Good Wife) rounding out the cast.

Cock runs at the Duke Tue—Sun from May 1 to July 22. Photos: Kike Valencia, Tristam Kenton