“Temperamental” was code for “homosexual” in the early 1950s, part of a created language of secret words that gay men used to communicate. The Temperamentals tells the story of two men—the communist Harry Hay and the Viennese refugee and designer Rudi Gernreich—as they fall in love while building the first gay rights organization in the pre-Stonewall United States.
Off-Broadway at New World Stages, after a sold out run at the Barrow Group Theatre, Drama Desk Award winner, Lucille Lortel Award winner, Theatre World Award winner, and Drama League nominee
“Mr. Urie’s shifting mix of frivolity and a wary, worldly intellect is wonderful.”
– Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Urie, a genuine charmer, always seems to be saving the situation with his more nuanced playing.”
– Michael Feingold, The Village Voice
“Michael Urie matches … intensity and detail as Gernreich, whose intelligence is as much responsible for his sexual magnetism and charm as are his good looks.”
– Erik Haagensen, Backstage