100-Word Review: “Pariah”

“I am not running – I am choosing.” Part of what I dubbed my weekend of gay, Pariah lies at the very interesting intersection of lesbian, trans and black culture. Brooklyn teenager Alike struggles to match her gender, sexual and romantic awakenings against the communities of AGs (“aggressive lesbians” who assume male roles) and her own family. While the story can verge on “bad things pile-up” at points, it’s reined in by sharp performances and a willingness to flesh out characters like Alike’s conservative mother. A sometimes flawed but consistently interesting portrait of a fascinating sub-section of the LGBT community.

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About alfla

Playwright, screenwriter, sometime improv enthusiast and full-time television lover. You know, in THAT way.
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