Before Prop 8, Milk or Will & Grace, before the AIDS epidemic, gay pride parades or the Stonewall uprising, there was Mort Crowley's brilliant, bitter The Boys in the Band. Crayton Robey's film, Making the Boys explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie (directed by William Friedkin, no less), beloved by some for breaking new ground and condemned by others for reinforcing gay stereotypes. The documentary includes anecdotes from the surviving cast and filmmakers as well as notable others. (As a side note: Boys in the Band was on our first list of 25 Gay Films Everyone Should See.) Opens today, April 22. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. Call 202-419-FILM or visit westendcinema.com.