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Friday, June 13 2008

Come to (or at*) the theater

Me. Enjoying a pre-theater snack.

*If you decide to come at the theater, please do it quietly, in a private bathroom stall, as not to upset your fellow patrons.

A few weeks back, I went to see my friend Mike Daisey perform his latest monologue, “How Theater Failed America.” Truth be told, I was expecting to enjoy it a little, but I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I enjoyed it. And I enjoyed it a whole bunch. If you’ve never seen a storyteller weave a tale (one with a whole story on masturbation, and references to anal sex and mounds), you should really check out this ancient art form. I’ve always loved theater, and every time I go to see a show, I find myself wishing I had pursued the art of acting - something I did pursue until I stopped pursuing it years back, pretty much after college and at the beginning of my radio career. I just couldn’t compete with those other actors, the ones who could possibly die if they didn’t get cast. I was told if I couldn’t live, breathe and fuck acting, then I probably wasn’t cut out to be an actor.

That’s not the point of this though. The point is, this is the second to last weekend to see Mike Daisey, a serial monologist, do what he has gotten rave reviews for doing best. Weaving an intricate story of his life, in and out of the theater, and keeping you on the edge of your seat, or at least in your seat, for the course of the ride.

Of course, since this blog is about sex, I want to ensure you that there is lots of sexy talk in Mike Daisey’s monologue. He’s got this story about his commitment to having his character masturbate, in the most disgusting way possible, on stage, in front of a live audience. Ever since I saw, and heard, Mike Daisey masturbate (fully clothed this time), I can’t get both the sight or the sound out of my head. There are sexual innuendos ladened throughout the piece, and while I wrote some of them down, I think the best way to hear them is to see him perform them live.

If you appreciate theater and you can appreciate an elaborate story sans an elaborate set, please go see Mike Daisey before its too late.

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