Queer theater has lost its radical juice. No surprise, given that the queer movement, which began in the '80s as a politically confrontational response to the AIDS emergency, has been rendered almost completely moribund. Protease cocktails, the wonder drug we can't help anxiously wondering about, transformed the national view of the epidemic from a lethal battle over social injustice to a (keep your fingers crossed) medical maintenance phenomenon. But gratitude for the multitude of extended lives has kept us from acknowledging the persistence of the underlying societal inequities, to say nothing of the complexity of treatment issues. The connection between HIV risk and poverty hasn't changed, nor has the stymieing problem of health care access—hot-button issues that most politicians would prefer to keep buried with their sex scandals. How then did we move so quickly from the revolutionary theatricality of ACT UP to the... More >>>