Chicago’s production of the longest-running comedy off Broadway is a fun and interactive night with some surprisingly moving and even helpful conclusions. The 75-minute show is based on a 1997 book of the same title (by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman), which the show reminds us was ahead of its time, before will and grace, sex and the cityY queer eye began normalizing conversations about sex and amplifying LGBTQ+ visibility. (Note: These are all very white examples, as the show was. It misses the opportunity to address intersectionality with race.) Set as a supposed book event at a local college, the show features bookish moderator Robyn (Emma Jo Boyden) in conversation. with charisma sex tips author Anderson (Adam Fane). His tech support is Stefan (Andrew Cawley the night he attended), handsome and with an ambiguous accent, who reveals most of himself throughout the performance, literally.
Sex advice for straight women from a gay man
Until 7/2: Thursday to Saturday 8 pm; Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-404-7336, greenhousetheater.org, $49.95-$79.95.
The show, directed by Tim Drucker, deftly balances wise and thoughtful takes on sex with humor and ridicule. As they say, knowledge equals confidence, which equals fun, which equals happy, wet people. The cast takes the audience through a variety of audience participation activities, from calling out colloquial names for the male members to a variety of manual dexterity exercises that I’ll leave to the imagination (one involves their show rolled up, I’ll leave it there ). Fane is hilarious, welcoming, and moving in his improv, antics, and sermons. For both gay men and straight women, our pursuit of pleasure is seen as wrong, share, and the best way to fight back against a repressive society is open dialogue, practical knowledge, and a healthy dose of grown-up humor.