BWW Reviews: I've Finally Got A Good Grasp of This

There is very little to say about this show, and unless that one sentence makes up the command of "GO AND SEE IT FOR THE LIFE OF YOU," I have no part in this whatsoever. If you want to enjoy a night of fun, rueful delight and exhausting laughter that makes you feel good in all the wrong places, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man is the show that will satisfy your whims and yearnings for what is sure to be a pleasurable and stimulating experience for people of either gender or orientation (unfortunately, there is an appropriate age minimum here). So grab a drink, put it down and replace it with a program (you'll get that later on) and let the power of this show know your socks off...and whatever else might happen to leave you as Dan Anderson explains the basic rules of having a great sexual relationship.

Written by Matt Murphy and based on the book of the same name (potential birthday present...) by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman, this production of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man has made its way to the 777 Theatre for its world premiere this past Thursday, performing before a sold-out theatre whose audience was only too happy to be there; it was only natural for all to have a good time. Wouldn't you be happy (if not slightly turned on) if someone began to not only explain, but almost demonstrate the ways to make "that" experience more fun and productive?

The theatre is turned into this incredibly intimate yet carefree setting as the lights dim, making way for the three actors that make this undoubtedly one of the must-see shows of the year. With audience participation, cool sound and light effects, a wonderfully stimulating and engaging script, and an incredibly handsome and fit man name Stefan (who, we remind you, "is scientist, not a stripper"), this show is simply beautiful.

Sex Tips, under the direction of Tim Drucker and produced by Shawn Nightingale, begins on a rather tense note. It is the present day, and a few people have gathered for a forum at the Midtown Manhattan Community College campus, a forum that goes by the name of Rendezvous with Alternative Authors of the Modern Era. Or, as it more frequently goes by, RAA-ME. Hah, that's classic. Robyn (played by Lindsay Nicole Chambers), the forum's very modest, shy and professional moderator, has received the sudden news that the Professor who was meant to lead the affair has died, leaving her a guaranteed position if only she can make the afternoon's events something less than the mess it is about to turn into. She hasn't any idea of the book being discussed, and upon learning that it concerns discussions of sexual tips and whatnots, is greeted by Dan himself (Jason Michael Snow), who seems to pop out of the ether with the sole purpose of saving the day - that is, for Robyn and the audience alike. Robyn is clearly very prudent about such topics as sex and proper conduct in the bedroom, so what better way to learn than through the eyes of a gay man who is more than eager to impart his wisdom on this innocent doe who gradually begins to let her hair down?

No, that's a serious question.

There might not be anyone better to explain the ins and outs of the human sexual experience, as laid out in the six chapters of his most recent book, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. Of course, there needs to be some sort of live tension on stage, provided by the presence of Stefan (Andrew Brewer), an incredibly attractive scientist who has come to the United States in hopes of making his mother proud. Well.

The play begins with the book's first chapter and makes its way through to the very end by the show's conclusion, trying every sort of antic to get the main gist of the book to the unsuspecting audience. From choosing how to present oneself at a bar, sensuously holding a drink and strutting your stuff to become an easy target for potential suitors, to learning the proper way to handle and massage that "special place" a man so covets (have your show programs hot and ready, people), there is enough action in this play to last you through the night. With audience participation and improvisation at its core, Sex Tips strives to provide a basic education of the sexual experience to those, like Robyn, who have yet to discover the wonders of meeting someone new and feeling confident enough of their character to wind up in the same bed.


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Kristen Morale Kristen is a recent graduate of both St. Francis College and Hunter College, with degrees in English and Musical Theatre. She enjoys going to Broadway - actually, any show, and especially loves musicals; The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables are among her favorite. She continues to pursue her interest in singing and acting by performing in community theatre productions in her hometown of Brooklyn whenever possible, and by continuing with her training does she hope to find her true passion in life; so long as it revolves around theatre will she be happy.