Sex Show hits the stage
Actors bare all to reveal Kiwi appetitesBRIDGET JONES
The Sex Show is just what it sounds like.
A repeat of The Outfit Theatre's well-received production from the 2011 Fringe Festival, director Joel Herbert describes the show as a way to "shed light on what it is to be a sexual New Zealander".
Pulled from the X-rated experiences of the cast - there are almost 20 of them - and a bunch of brave Kiwis who took part in an online survey, The Sex Show pulls apart the good and the bad in the world of sex.
So what does it mean for the New Zealand bed sheets?
Told in woven snapshots of the characters' lives - we are taken on a debauched ride through bathroom stalls to marital beds, and practically everything in between.
The actors really do bare all for the production - there is a lot of nudity, as well as swearing, drug use and, well, sex. It's not R18 for nothing.
There are some clever characters, some that have been reworked for this version - a rather conservative politician (Andrew Ford); a philandering, all-together creepy All Black (Bede Skinner) and his long-suffering fiancée (Jacqui Nauman); and the girl who will do anything to be liked (Kayleigh Haworth). All the characters deliver amusing one-liners throughout the performance.
But the Auckland Town Hall's concert chamber is a big space and at times the occasionally messy staging and lack of volume from some of the actors means dialogue gets lost and some scenes are hard to follow.
Along with what felt like an awkward attempt to be edgy, some of the real issues that could have been tackled in this production were glossed over, like the wife who couldn't connect with her husband after being sexually assaulted.
The Sex Show titillates, and it will make you laugh. But there's a feeling of a missed chance to really say something about what makes us tick under the covers.
THE SEX SHOW
WHERE: Auckland Town Hall
WHEN: Until October 13
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