Men of Steel
Published by Broadway Play Publishing
6 Male 2 Female
A dead ringer for Captain America, including the tights and shield, he was created by the United States military and has dispensed with all kinds of villains, but he still has his critics Some say he's made people dependent on "supers", as they're called, and created safe havens in the outer boroughs by concentrating on Manhattan
And when he killed two murderers in an act of revenge, the man who fights for justice and the American way was tossed into prison ...
The show belongs to the genre of gleefully low-brow Off-Off Broadway entertainments for overgrown adults ...
The plot centers on the friendship between Captain Justice and Maelstrom, a wealthy playboy with a collection of gadgets and a sexual secret. He's an angrier version of Batman. There are other superheroes as well, including Bryant, a drag queen whose power is that he doesn't feel pain, and Captain Justice's sidekick, Liberty Lady, who some suspect is merely a PR gimmick
Mr Nguyen has an appealingly clean style that mixes colloquial slang and hard-boiled detective fiction. ("Hope is only good for prisoners and bums playing the lotto.")
Some of his comic ideas are truly inspired, like the mad villain, The Mole, who prefers making dramatic statements of intent to actually avoiding weapons hurled at him
This is a fully realized and contained world that raises the skeptical question - If power corrupts, than what about super power?" ~ Jason Zinoman, The New York Times