Carlsen, James W. “Images of the Gay Male in Contemporary Drama.” In Gayspeak: Gay Male and Lesbian Communication, edited by James W. Chesebro. New York: Pilgrim Press, 1981. A serious examination of the effects of Crowley’s play on social perceptions of homosexuals in the early 1970’s, and of subsequent changes in the dramatic interpretations of gay characters, such as in Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July (pr., pb. 1978) and Martin Sherman’s Bent (pr., pb. 1979).
DeGaetani, John L. A Search for a Postmodern Theater: Interviews with Contemporary Playwrights. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991. Discusses The Boys in the Band, especially Michael’s Catholicism; Crowley notes that, as of 1991, the “Catholic Church still teaches that homosexual practices are a sin.” Good update on Crowley’s views on gay rights, homophobia, Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor, and AIDS.
Epstein, Hap. Review of For Reasons That Remain Unclear by Mart Crowley. Washington, D.C., Times, November 15, 1993. Epstein points out that whether or not the play holds autobiographical clues, the playwright’s drought is over. Citing the play as “particularly good and gutsy,” he commends Crowley’s treatment of the issue of child molestation and the Catholic priesthood.