Theater used to be awesome. Manly men went to see Greek and Shakespearean tragedies, in which important issues were discussed, such as who's having sex with whose mom. But then movies and TV were invented, and theater seemed to become... well... just another tourist attraction in New York and London.
Theatermania has recognized this fact, and that's why they created Bros on Broadway, reviews of highfalutin plays by regular dudes. Needless to say, it's a godsend for regular, uncultured guys. Think about it. You're getting dragged to see live theater at some point, so you might as well see a play that doesn't suck. And sometimes, a play that looks terrible is actually bro-approved.
We sat down for an interview with some of the bros: Josh Macin (Brazilian jujitsu champion and author), Ramon "RayRay" Lopez II (Krav Maga badass), Colin Weatherby (journalist with bro cred), and Kimberly Kaye (creative director at Theatermania and creator of Bros on Broadway).
Guy Code: Kim, why did you create Bros on Broadway?
Kim: I'm from the Jersey shore area, which is bro Mecca. I love bros, legitimately. In my experience, bros have a functioning, if delayed, moral compass, and are hyper-observant about random details. For every ridiculous generalization a bro makes, there's a legitimate nugget of insight to balance it out--it's just that that nugget is beer-battered and deep fried. I read 100 hard-sell theater press releases and academic reviews a day. Sometimes I just want someone to hand me a beer-battered nugget and talk to me like a human being.
Guy Code: When guys can see IMAX 3D movies any time, why should they go see live theater performances?
Ray Ray: If I wanted to pay $20 for a headache, I'd drink whiskey in a crappy bar in Midtown.
Colin: If you don't know how to appreciate human-to-human performance, you probably suck in bed and I bet all your friends drink Amstel Light.
Guy Code: What do you say to all the haters out there who think you're ruining theater?
Josh: I’d like for them to hate me more, so please tell them that I am from New Jersey and that I grew up fist-pumping. Come at me bro, I’ll roll you up into a pretzel and make you say uncle.
Colin: I'm into jazz. You know what it's usually like to talk to a jazz fan? It sucks. Biggest a**holes ever. And it's because they've got this little world that they think they can own. At the end of the day, that just means that the shows I like are expensive, poorly attended and full of old people. Sound familiar?
Guy Code: Does going to the theater up your game?
Josh: Intelligence and a keen wit go a long way, further than a shredded six-pack will. We can all step up our game from observing and interacting with the theater species.
Colin: I dunno. I never really had a game problem.
Ray Ray: Being into theater absolutely ups your game, because landing a girl really just comes down to being cultured, intelligent and confident in whatever you're into. If you carry yourself well, you don't even need "game."
Guy Code: Last question: if you could pick one movie to be turned into a Broadway show, which would you choose?
Colin: "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead." The best part is that Christina Applegate is still so hot that she could probably do the same role. The dishes are done, man!
Josh: "Beerfest" would be sick in Broadway form. I think it could be magical if there was only a script for the first 20 minutes, and the rest of the play was the actors getting absolutely s**t-faced onstage, playing intense drinking games.