The old school song lyrics harmonize “big girls don’t cry,” but can big boys cry?  In Real Men Hurt, based on life events of writer and director Theodore S. Godfrey, you learn that yes, men can cry and even hurt.

This modern macho image of the tough guy has transitioned to the metro-sexual feeling modern man. Played out in eleven short vignette scenes, the audience is introduced to a community of individuals who each have their own challenges.

Some like Egypt (Davien Harlis), an entertainer, are on an odyssey to find comfort in his own skin and discover his true inner identity. Orlando (Asa Millar) is trying to stand up to his strong willed mother-in-law and Kamal (Eli Green) seeks his true love only to discover it is to be only a forbidden love affair.

Real Men Hurt is a fun, twisted mix of intrigue and surprising turn of events. It makes you realize that life is a challenge. It’s okay to cry from the hurt. But in the end, it may be more of a challenge to smile and laugh at life’s ironies.

A diverse crowd turned out for Real Men Hurt and a community can share the burden of pain and make life a pleasant journey.

This was my first venture into the intimate theatre at the West End Performing Arts Center and glad to see a full house audience in attendance.

Timothy L. Sanders (Maurice)

Glad to see new faces on the stage in Real Men Hurt.  One theatrical debut was Timothy L. Sanders who is spreading his wings from journalism to telling his stories on the stage. Sanders made for a believable Maurice, Egypt’s manager with a caring touch with style and grace.

This stage play, Real Men Hurt, is man’s journey into self discovery at the West End Performing Arts Center.

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