Aids Affect Couples In Lips Together, Teeth Apart

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Over the course of a day, they grapple with exposed fears and discomforts over homosexuality and AIDS – along with the complexities of their own relationships. Two married couples spend the Fourth of July weekend at a summer house on Fire Island. The brother of Sally Truman has recently died of AIDS and has willed his Fire Island house to her. Her husband, Sam, opens the play testing the chlorine level of the water in the pool. It becomes clear that everyone is afraid of somehow getting AIDS from swimming in the same pool that Sally's brother used to swim in. As she believes, "One drop of water in your mouth or an open sore and we'll be infected with my brother and his black lover and God knows who else was in here." Sam's sister, Chloe, and her husband, John, share the apprehension, though John has cancer of the esophagus and is not particularly worried about AIDS. In fact he intentionally sticks his head in the pool and gets a mouthful of water which he spits at the others. The play reveals both marriages in trouble and many examples of superficial values and prejudices. A year later, he returned to the stage with Lips Together, Teeth Apart (1991), a study of the irrational fears that many people harbor towards homosexuals and victims of AIDS. In the play, two married couples spend the Fourth of July weekend at a summer house on Fire Island. The house has been willed to Sally Truman by her brother who has just died of AIDS, and it soon becomes evident that both couples are afraid to get in the pool, afraid that they will somehow contract AIDS by swimming in the same pool that Sally's brother used to swim in. Lips Together, Teeth Apart Another of McNally’s relationship plays is Lips Together, Teeth Apart (1991), a story about two married 110 couples, JOHN and CHLOE HADDOCK and SAM and SALLY TRUMAN, who are spending the Fourth of July weekend on Fire

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