Tom W. Kelly examines the friendships of three gay men and their lovers in his new comedy, Friends Are Forever.
Kelly's inspirations for the play, which revolves around three gay men and how their friendships with one another shift when they each bring a lover into the mix, ranged from Sex in the City to "the quick repartee of a poker group I meet with every week," he says. Throughout the piece, Kelly juggles the realities of open and monogamous relationships, including an honest love that blossoms between a young hustler and a masseur. "One issue that is plaguing the gay community right now is a lack of good, positive role models for gay couples. Shows like Queer as Folk and Will and Grace just haven't spoken to me at all, so I thought -- write your own."