BWW Reviews: In COMING OUT KINKY, Jean Franzblau Honestly Portrays Both Sides of the BDSM World

BWW Reviews: In COMING OUT KINKY, Jean Franzblau Honestly Portrays Both Sides of the BDSM WorldIn her world premiere comedy COMING OUT KINKY: A GROWN-UP STORY, Jean Franzblau portrays some 20 characters in her sexual memoir adventure story for curious and open-minded adults to enjoy. She began writing the play in 2009, not knowing how she would ever be able to share it. Thanks to her collaboration with director Karen Aschenbach, Jean's complex journey and commitment to keeping it real is now onstage at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica on Saturdays at 8:30pm and Sundays at 7:30pm through June 8.

BWW Reviews: In COMING OUT KINKY, Jean Franzblau Honestly Portrays Both Sides of the BDSM World

Writer-performer Jean Franzblau had the first inkling that her emerging sexuality was out of the mainstream while she was growing on the playground, convincing other girls to follow her in tackling and kissing boys. Her older sister, who had a frank sexuality of her own, caused Jean at first to retreat from her sexual awareness, connecting that being sexual upset her parents so it was something she should not do. But when she finds her sibling's erotic literature about Sleeping Beauty and Prince Charming, Jean begins to have other ideas. How can what makes you feel good be wrong?

Being young and attractive, one might think her path to love and lust might be a smooth one. Not quite so as her emotional neediness always seems to get in her way of real satisfaction. Jean comically goes through her many romances, including a very descriptive sexual relationship with one of her neighbors. Still there is something lacking, a deep need for fulfillment that Jean cannot seem to reach with any of her many lovers.

BWW Reviews: In COMING OUT KINKY, Jean Franzblau Honestly Portrays Both Sides of the BDSM World

What makes her stories come alive is Franzblau's ability to inhabit each of the characters so completely that you really will feel there is more than just one person on the stage. With her lithe, dancer's body urging you to watch her every move, as she moves from lover to lover you truly will feel in the presence of Jean's body and soul as she journeys to find what truly pleases her sexual nature as well as her struggle to accept who she really is, no mater what her mother may think!

One evening, a new lover takes her to a private club where she is formally introduced to BDSM (bondage/domination/sadism/masochism). Amazed at the freedom she sees among consenting adults and that role-playing is as important as any physical act, Jean goes on to explore both the submissive and dominant sides of her own sexuality, ultimately finding the emotional, physical and political satisfaction she has not yet achieved elsewhere.

At the reception after the show, I spoke with Jean about the experience of bringing COMING OUT KINKY: A GROWN-UP STORY to the stage. While she appears totally free and at ease bringing the many characters to life during the performance, Jean was thrilled that tonight's audience was filled with like-minded free thinkers who laughed at references understood only by those in the BDSM scene. Jean admitted it was a struggle trying to honestly portray each man from both sides of their relationship. Then she introduced me to one of the real men from her past who had been in the audience, and he confirmed her sharing of their time together even opened his eyes to the truth as Jean experienced it. You can't get more real than that.

Special kudos go to Lighting Designer/Theater Technician Argent Lloyd who magically allows us to follow Jean's progress by creating physical passages from scene to scene through creative spot lighting.

Franzblau is a corporate trainer and keynote speaker, and invites you to learn more about her at www.kinkyjean.com and www.jeanfranzblau.com. A portion of the proceeds of the show will support Sex-Positive World, a non-profit organization dedicated to making the world a sexier, more touch-positive, heart-centered and connected place. Learn more at www.sexpositiveworld.org

COMING OUT KINKY: A GROWN-UP STORY

A World Premiere engagement of a new comedy, written, performed and produced by Jean Franzblau. Developed and directed by Karen Aschenbach. At the Promenade Playhouse, 1404 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401, Saturdays at 8:30pm and Sundays at 7:30pm on May 3, 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1 and June 8.

ADMISSION: $25.00

RESERVATIONS: (800) 838-3006.

ONLINE TICKETING: http://comingoutkinky.brownpapertickets.com

ESTIMATED RUNNING TIME: 70 minutes.

CONSUMER ADVISORY: Not for kids!

Photo credit: Benjamin Brooks

BWW Reviews: In COMING OUT KINKY, Jean Franzblau Honestly Portrays Both Sides of the BDSM World
Jean Franzblau

BWW Reviews: In COMING OUT KINKY, Jean Franzblau Honestly Portrays Both Sides of the BDSM World
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Shari Barrett Shari Barrett, a Los Angeles native, has been active in the theater world since the age of six - acting, singing, and dancing her way across the boards all over town. After teaching in local secondary schools, working in marketing for several studios, writing, directing, producing, and performing in productions for several non-profit theaters, Shari now dedicates her time and focuses her skills as an independent publicist to "get the word out" about smaller theaters throughout the Los Angeles area. As a founding member of the LA Stage Alliance Leadership Council Task Force, she and reps from theaters throughout the city work together to articulate a vision for the theatre community of Greater Los Angeles. Shari has received recognition from the City of Los Angeles for her dedication of heart and hand to the needs of friends, neighbors and fellow members of society for her devotion of service to the people of Los Angeles. Shari is honored to serve her hometown as a contributor to Broadway World.


 
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