John Guare’s new Restoration comedy pastiche “A Free Man of Color” at Lincoln Center focuses on the fops and dandies of a bygone age. But who’s carrying on the overdressed, oversexed tradition today?
“Well, I am,” deadpanned the playwright at the Thursday preem. “Actually, I’d say everybody is. All the downtown foppery — no matter where you are, even on the Upper East Side you see kids dressed with their hair combed straight up and their hoods carefully positioned. That’s the essence of foppery. It’s taken over the world.”
Paul Dano, who plays Meriwether Lewis, agreed: “It still exists, but just with different clothes,” he said. “I grew up in Connecticut. There are some pretty foppy people up there. And you have hipsters now — they’re more the dirty fops.”