Friday, February 21, 2014

Release Your Inhibitions at "Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man"

Sometime around 1997, two best friends, Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman decided to co-author a dating book of sorts, acknowledging that women hoping to learn how best to interact with the opposite sex should shoot straight for the source, and "Who better than an honest-to-goodness gay man? He knows things most straight guys don't even know about themselves." Since the first publication, their book has sold more than 250,000 copies and is now the subject of a new, hilarious Off-Broadway comedy, "Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man."

"Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man" Starring Lindsay Nicole Chambers and Jason Michael Snow
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"Sex Tips" opens on a stage set for a university English Department forum, "Rendezvous with Alternative Authors of the Modern Era," as a budding young professor-in-training unwittingly finds herself moderating a potentially scandalous group discussion. The guest author is none other than "Dan Anderson," played by Jason Michael Snow, a charismatic comedian always ready with one-liners and coquettish quips. Lindsay Nicole Chambers plays the nervous, loquacious senior teaching fellow, Robyn, who must lead a successful book discussion if she has any hope of being promoted to a full professorship. Rounding out the cast is actor Andrew Brewer, who plays the sexy, straight, seemingly simple Stefan, a wannabe astronaut stuck running sound and lighting for the forum, though with a potentially untapped talent as a male model.

As Dan and Robyn delve into the cheeky chapters of "Sex Tips For Straight Women From a Gay Man," the unabashed comedy that results is sure to titillate even the most austere audience member. This is not a show for those coy to audience participation, as anyone risks the chance of being called upon to answer questions or even help with demonstrations on stage. Jason Michael Snow has a special charm when talking to the audience and reacting to statements and suggestions like a master of stand up. Although WGINY only attended the show on one night, I imagine that every night brings a slightly different experience. The most surprising part of the play may be that, while you're certainly being entertained, you're also gaining important experience and advice about relationships.

As the title suggests, the audience consisted of mostly women and gay men (yes, we were polled by "Dan Anderson"), but there were also a significant number of couples whom I can only imagine went home eager to try out some of the tips they had learned at the show. Whether a group of singles, a bachelorette party or a couple out for date-night, "Sex Tips" is a juicy, seductive show that will have you clamoring for more and hankering to get your hands on the book on which it is based. (The book is currently for sale as a show souvenir or on amazon -- I could neither resist nor wait and purchased one immediately following the curtain call).

"Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man" is currently playing at The 777 Theatre, on 8th Avenue between 47th & 48th Streets. Tickets are available daily, except for Wednesdays. The show is appropriate for ages 18 and up. The theatre bar opens one hour prior to showtime, and if you check in to the show on social media, you may be eligible for a free drink.

[UPDATE: It's also NYC Off-Broadway Week so you may be able to find tickets for "Sex Tips" at half price for shows through March 2.]

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