When day breaks in Scene 2 it is evident that Conrad has spent the night sleeping in the chair in the living room. McGuinness's stage enhances the text's exploration of the boundaries between public and private, lies and truth, lover and beloved. A Prison within a Prison?
Evans, T. The movement beyond set roles, beyond restrictive notions of appropriate behavior and toward bare honesty is signaled by Gabriel's literal throwing away of his wig, and by Conrad's unexpectedly open eulogy in the bedroom.
For Conrad and Gabriel, reproduction in the home is replaced by creative productions in the theatre. Specifically, we consider that gay, bisexual, and transgender masculinities are subordinate to hegemonic masculinity, the dominant form of masculinity in a particular context — in the U.
Western culture has long placed a high value on privacy. This couple is facing the end of their partnership and McGuinness is correct that marriage is a reasonable term for this partnership, despite its lack of sanction by church or state because one of them is dying.