I saw “Equus” on Broadway. Yes, yes, very sexy, etc.
I read in a netflix review of the film version that the character Alan Strang really isn’t sexually interested in horses, but that the Equus that he loves is really a symbol of repressed homosexuality.
My initial thoughts in the scene where Alan first sees the older boy riding the horse on the beach was that the reason he liked horses had to do with the attractive youth. They also show him riding the boy’s shoulders (since there’s no actual horse in the scene). So I did sort of think, “Hmm, maybe it’s about him being gay.”
But then when he recounts Equus, it seemed like he genuinely loved horses. And Nugget in particular. I don’t know, I think I’d like it a little less if it was “just” that he was gay. Though obviously, the play is much more than that, it’s also about our Apollonian and Dionysian sides and all that.
Just curious to see what others made of it.