Front Cover
Dramatists Play Service, May 1, 1995 - Drama - 89 pages
5 Reviews
Jeffrey, a gay actor/waiter, has sworn off sex after too many bouts with his partners about what is "safe" and what is not. In gay New York, though, sex is not something you can avoid. Whether catering a ditzy socialite's "Hoe-down for AIDS" or cruising at a funeral; at the gym or in the back rooms of an anonymous sex club; at the annual Gay Pride Parade, or in the libidinous hands of a father-confessor, Jeffrey finds the pursuit of love and just plain old physical gratification to be the number-one preoccupation of his times—and the source of plenty of hilarity. Suddenly, just after he's reconciled himself to celibacy, Jeffrey's flamboyant friends introduce him to the man of his dreams, who also happens to be HIV-positive. What follows is an audacious and moving romantic comedy with a difference—one in which the quest for love and really fabulous clothes meet, and where unflagging humor prevails even when tragedy might be just around the corner.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: Jeffrey

User Review  - Christa L - Goodreads

Excellent play. I won't lie...most of what I know of the early 90's AIDS epidemic is from Rent (I know. Shame on me) but this was amazing. Hilarious and heartfelt. I cried. I understand the movie has Patrick Stewart! Awesome! Read full review

Review: Jeffrey

User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

Rudnik, as usual, does a masterful job of balancing the sweet and the acerbic. Read full review

Other editions - View all

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1995)

Paul Rudnick’s plays have been produced on and off Broadway and around the world. They include VALHALLA; THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD; MR. CHARLES, CURRENTLY OF PALM BEACH; PRIDE AND JOY; THE NAKED EYE; I HATE HAMLET, and JEFFREY for which he won an Obie, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and the John Gassner Playwriting Award. His novels are "Social Disease" and "I’ll Take It," both published by Knopf. His articles and essays have appeared in "The New Yorker," "Esquire," "Vogue," "Vanity Fair," and "The New York Times." He is rumored to be quite close to "Premiere" magazine’s film critic, Libby Gelman-Waxner, whose collected columns have been published under the title "If You Ask Me." His screenplays include "Addams Family Values," the screen adaptation of "Jeffrey" and "In & Out."

Bibliographic information