Women Take the Helm in “Men on Boats”


Four boats, ten intrepid explorers, and the quest to chart the Colorado River through 1869’s uncharted Grand Canyon – sound interesting?

Then, make your plans now to attend the Taos Onstage Theatre on April 25-28 and May 2-5, when Taos Onstage presents the all-female production of “Men on Boats.” This acclaimed, off-Broadway, New York Times Critic’s Pick was written by playwright Jaclyn Backhaus, and based on the journals of John Wesley Powell, who led an expedition down the Green and Colorado Rivers.

Described as a “rollicking history pageant,” this semi-true tale of a one-armed skipper and his brave and devoted, though somewhat deranged, crew thoroughly entertains, without descending into a potential minefield of camp and/or drag. There’s no sexual politics here – the author’s buoyant dialogue demonstrates that the characters are speaking comedic lines, but show admiration and respect for the resolute and adventurous explorers they portray. So, suspend any ideas of gender norms and go enjoy the show. We’re betting you’ll have a wonderful time.