Just out. (Portland, OR) 1983-2013, August 01, 1985, Page 15, Image 15

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    performance is over. And not just because it’s
the last piece, but because it’s powerful. Be­
cause Sarazan yelling “What???" as a teen­
ager to her m om is real as real. Because
Carol as Stacy imparts her tragic home life
with every muscle o f her body. Every gesture,
every facial expression tells you this kid is on
her own in this life.
Kathay, as Collette, narrates, and gives us
the news regarding Stacy’s murder. She
shows up in a long black coat and you just
know the news is gonna be grim. Kathay’s
performance was powerful, but I did find the
street patois accent confusing. Som e clarifi­
cation regarding the accent or removal of it
would eliminate this tiny flaw.
“Stacy” ends with an affirmative, powerful
statement and allows the audience to leave
with som e hope.
X/Wives, as we g o to press, is performing
“Stacy” in Seattle for a women s group. They
hope to perform “ Buried Personalities” for
w om en’s groups who are working to prevent
violence to women, for groups working to
solve the Green River murders, or for groups
seeking to educate more people on these
topics.
Personally, 1 hope we see lots more of this
group. They’re spending the summer read­
ing and writing. They may revive “ Dos
Lesbos” this fall. Whatever they do, get out to
see them, and support your X/Wives!
Wetdreams
by Jim Anctil
“ ‘Nocturnal emissions’ would be a great
title for this play” — overheard in the audi­
ence on opening night Wetdreams, the last
of theDream Trilogy is yet another hilarious
installment in the Storefront Theatre tradition
that Ric Young has made so inimitably his. As
late-night theatre goes, this confection could
top a memorable evening the way a good
dessert does — leaving you stimulated and
wishing for a bit moi s.
Erotic stagework is a fascinating genre,
and this one-act extravaganza seems to elicit
a gamut of emotions from the audience. In­
deed, this kind of entertainment taps into
som e rather private parts of ourselves, as it
were. Wetdreams is alternately exhilarating,
thoughtful, verbally and visually witty, and
overall quite arousing.
The slowly undulating red curtain and
hypnotically repetitious background music
set the sensuous mood for the show. A kinky
teddy bear greets us as the curtain opens,
and we are immeditely drawn back to child­
hood bedtime routines. But this is a sandman
with a decided difference! Next, a staid cock­
tail party turns into a ludicrous and embarras­
sing meeting between a naked man and wo­
man. A slow, erotic dance sequence involving
5 couples leads into a wildly funny assigna­
tion between two young lovers. “ I want you,”
he says as they begin heavy petting. “ I want
you," she says breathlessly. “Yes — wait —
yes — wait — I want everything to be right,"
she interrupts, and the absurdly incongruous
developments which follow leave the audi­
ence gasping with laughter.
A young man is quietly having a drink at a
San Francisco bar. Suddenly he finds himself
whisked to a weird and exotic tropical setting
populated by two raunchy and petulant
princesses and their randy pet monkeys. He
is certain something has been slipped into
his Calistoga water. “But what is a man?" one
o f the bawdy ladies insists, and the answer
com es as the poor young fellow undergoes
another magical transformation. "Alice in
Wonderland" gone outrageous camp!
A solo dance provides graphic depiction of
male lubricity, while a lovely duet for female
with peacock conjures up overtones of
Leda’s hijinks with her swan. There is a riot­
ous parody of Dr. Ruth’s TV advice to the
sex-lom with two homy apes. A handsome
young man bathing alone and lamenting the
loss o f his lover out at the bars might echo the
feelings o f many in the audience. A very
beautiful scene with mirrors portrays the
sensual ravages of autoeroticism, and the
show ends with a voluptuous setting right out
o f 18th and 19th century Japanese shunga
prints.
The cast of 11 is young, energetic, and
physically attractive, and those who appre­
ciate male or female nudity will surely enjoy
Wetdreams. Unlike Ric Young’s earlier Jewel
Box, Wetdreams has no plot Writers Wendy
Westerwelle, Pamela Elton, and Ross Kerr
have instead constructed a loose menagerie
o f sexual vignettes. The dance sequences,
choreographed by Emery Hermans and
danced by Joe Morales and Carolyn L eeetal.
are done with verve and pelvic thrusts as well
as a recognition of inner biorhythms. The
sound by Bill Reinhardt underlies the sublim­
inal effects throughout
Young is well known for his unique cos­
tumes, and fanciful masks executed by Colt
Ellis and Daniel Fagereng heighten the
humorous and erotic elements. David Hay­
ward's technical direction and Jeff Forbes’
lighting are more than effective, they are de­
lightfully subtle or blatant Wetdreams plays
the Storefront at 11:00 pm Fridays and
Saturdays and 8:00 Sundays through August
31 st and has to be seen to be believed.
The Oregonian refused to print the title o f
this entertainment, stating it is not appro­
priate fora "family '' newspaper. Well, this
family newspaper has no problem with
Wetdreams at all.
— Ed
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