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Devil Boys from Beyond

"Drag heaven on Earth...Devil Boys is a riot."

New York Times

  • Full Length Play
  • Comedy
  • 90 minutes

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Target Audience: Adult
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set
  • Cautions: Alcohol, Gun Shots, Strong Language

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 2009 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Play
    Nominee! 2010 GLAAD Award for Outstanding New York Theater; Off-Off Broadway
Flying Saucers! Backstabbing Bitches! Muscle Hunks and Men in Pumps! Wake up and smell the alien invasion in this outrageous comedy by the author of the smash off-Broadway hit play, The Crumple Zone.


"Drag heaven on Earth... Devil Boys is a riot."

 The New York Times

"Be ready to laugh... a cross-dressing comedy that puts a fresh coat of over-the-top on 1950's sci-fi flicks... Devilishly clever."

 New York Daily News

"Two shirtless hunks, four fabulous drag queens, and 90 minutes' worth of high-camp comedy: What more could a fan of ultraridiculous theatrics want? Devil Boys is a devilish delight."


"What's funnier than a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist investigating reports of flying saucers in the mysterious swamplands of Lizard Lick, Florida -- the hickest hick-town in all of America? Not much! Unless, perhaps, you cast a man in drag, add a boozing ex-husband, a nemesis/rival reporter, to boot! Mix in clever one-liners, a candy-colored design, and enough boy-toy eye-candy to fill a giant's Halloween sack, and you've got one hell of a show! You might want to see it twice. I missed some lines, here and there, as I was still belly-laughing from some previous ones."

"You can tell from the title that Devil Boys From Beyond intends to be fun, and the campy production does not disappoint... a satiric, raunchy spoof that any generation will enjoy."

 Associated Press

"The Fringe Festival usually throws up a couple of shows you can bank on, and Devil Boys From Beyond, a sci-fi campfest by Buddy Thomas and Kenneth Elliot, performs that service here."


"A gaily goofy all-male sci-fi adventure. Nuttier than a pack of killer tomatoes."

"Delightfully subversive."

"Hilarious. This play will roughly triple the Theatre District's laugh quotient for as long as it's able to camp out."

"One of the funniest shows I've seen in a long time... filled from beginning to end with untold and unlimited surprises."

"A honey of a laugh riot... a wonderfully funny time."

"***** [FIVE STARS]! Buddy Thomas's deliriously campy sci-fi spoof -- one of the most entertaining shows I have ever seen -- is naughty, gleeful fun... The show opens a fabulous portal to the past: not just the paranoid world of the 1950s, but the legendary drag romps of Charles Ludlam's Ridiculous Theatrical Company and Charles Busch's Theatre-in-Limbo from the 1960s through the 1980s. Devil Boys From Beyond is a necklace of golden links to that wild theatrical tradition. If there were any justice in this mixed-up world of ours, the whole show would be tractor-beamed Off-Broadway tomorrow."

Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

"Cheap in all the right ways, the fast, tawdry and very funny Devil Boys From Beyond is the Fringe Festival at its best."

 New York Post

Premiere Production: Devil Boys From Beyond premiered at the Actor's playhouse in 2009 as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. The play transferred to an Off-Broadway run at New World Stages on November 13, 2010.
  • Casting: 4M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Local Celebrity Cameo, Parts for Senior Actors, Cross gender casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Drag performance, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Color blind casting
  • Casting Notes: All female roles can be played by men in drag.

  • FLORENCE WEXLER - a little Southern woman with a big secret
    GILBERT WIATT - a tough New York City newspaper editor
    GREGORY GRAHAM - burnt out ace photographer and booze hound
    MATILDA VAN BUREN - star reporter, and legend in her own mind
    LUCINDA MARSH - a headline chasing grande-dame with a nose for news... but she's seen better days
    DOTTY PRIMROSE - ancient proprietor of the Evening Primrose Motor Lodge
    HARRY WEXLER - Florence's husband... or is he?
    JACK PRIMROSE - Sheriff of Lizard Lick, and Dotty's husband... we think.
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    Flying Saucers! Backstabbing Bitches! Muscle Hunks and Men in Pumps! Wake up and smell the alien invasion in this outrageous comedy by the author of the smash off-Broadway hit play, The Crumple Zone.