"Witty wordplay, sexy foreplay. Beebo Brinker has it all."
- Martina Navratilova

"I loved this show immensely. You have to see it.
Beebo is a blast!" - Cynthia Nixon

"In the midst of heaving bosoms and camp flourishes, this skillful adaptation of Beebo Brinker also manages to be (a) a valuable slice of gay and lesbian history, (b) some keen sociology, and (c) a quietly unsettling, moving and altogether trenchant evening of theater."
- Doug Wright


Leigh Silverman's direction, coupled with Nicole Pearce's lighting, creates a moody, half-hidden world of secrecy, with broad strokes of screwball largesse peppered in. Everyone in the cast...gives a standout performance, balancing the sincere and oversized aspects of the production beautifully... I highly recommend catching The Beebo Brinker Chronicles. With acting this good, humor this sharp, and a production this finely crafted, it would be a shame if you didn't.” - NYTheatre.com

“Although [Ann Bannon is] hardly known outside lesbian literary circles today, Kate Moira Ryan and Linda S. Chapman's hilarious dramatization of her Beebo Brinker series persuasively argues that there's gold in that dime-store pulp...far from being a simple sepia-toned snapshot of the past, this colorful portrait of gay life in the Village startles with the truths it flashes amid the one-liners and melodramatic confrontations.” - New York Magazine (Critics' Pick)

"Dynamite...Thanks to Leigh Silverman's inventively crisp noir staging and solid performances[,] The Beebo Brinker Chronicles pries open the closet door and reveals the characters trapped behind it.” - BackStage

“Co-authors Linda Chapman and Kate Moira Ryan amazingly condense three Bannon books into a dramedy that runs just over 90 minutes. They gently kid the pulpy melodrama of Bannon's dialogue, while always making sure to render her sharp psychological portraits with lots of flesh on their bones...'The Beebo Brinker Chronicles' is already consistently selling out its off-off-Broadway venue, and a move to a larger venue is in the works. This is richly deserved: Every theatergoing lesbian and gay man must see this sexy and historically important show—and straight audiences will find it very entertaining and enlightening as well.” - NY Blade

"Thrilling...The acting is nearly flawless." - GayCityNews

"The actors in “Beebo Brinker” are all splendid, and they deserve praise for the variety of their inventiveness...That the many levels of this tricky subject stay distinct, funny and touching is a tribute to Hourglass and the unique place they have built for themselves in downtown theater." - TheaterOnline.com

"As a play with lesbian characters at front-and-centre, The Beebo Brinker Chronicles is a rarity in New York theatre, even off-off-Broadway. It is a great piece of cultural archaeology and often riotously funny." - offoffonline.com

"Breezy...a gay old time." - Village Voice

"A riveting production." - Show Business Weekly

"The current off-off Broadway run sold out even before opening. That's a testament to Ms. Bannon. There is now talk of a much deserved transfer to an open-ended off-Broadway run. And that's a testament to the production. And to a segment of the audience that has needed to claim their own mainstream territory for a long time..."
- Aisle Say

"Zippy, well-acted fun that delivers an interesting look at how gay life used to be." - Variety

"Magic...Led by the gorgeous Marin Ireland and the unmatchable David Greenspan, the cast is just as gourmet as the direction. I just got an email announcing "BEEBOBRINKER sells out run; off-Broadway next?" Does it belong off-Broadway? HELL YES!" - Show Showdown


The New York Times "Sapphic Pulp Fiction, Live Onstage" by Mark Blankenship
Time Out New York "Staged Heat"
by Beth Greenfield
The Brooklyn Rail "Lesbian Pulp Fiction"
by Kia Corthron
PAPER Magazine "Stage Notes" by Tom Murrin
Playbill.com "Ireland, Greenspan and Silverman Bring Beebo Brinker to NYC"
Gay City News "Beautiful Butch Beebo Brinker" by Christopher Murray

TV/RADIO (podcasts)
WNYC Radio "Spinning on Air with David Garland" - 9/30/07
OurChart - Guestbians
Out at the Center (Fall 2007 Talkback at The Center)
Beebo Brinker Chronicles: Journey to Off-Broadway
Pulp Fiction Novels from the 1950s - All Things Considered/NPR

BLOGS et al
Show Showdown
New Theater Corps
Modern Fabulousity DonShewey.com
Live Design
Midmod Musings

the nytheatre i
After Ellen
Village Voice: Sightlines "The Swell of Loneliness"

The New York Times - Fall Preview Issue
Show Showdown
After Ellen
PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Jenn Colella

New York Times
NY Theatre
New York Magazine (Critic's Pick)
NY Blade
Gay City News
Theatre Online
Off Off Off Online
Village Voice
Show Business Weekly
Aisle Say



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Adapted from the groundbreaking 1950s pulp novels by Ann Bannon. Visit AnnBannon.com.

Beebo Brinker Chronicles gratefully acknowledges the support of Continental Airlines and Jumeirah Essex House.