Sunday, November 13, 2011

Joisey Review: The Accidential Pervert

About a month or so ago I uttered these words to my fiancé, "All we ever do is sports. Sports sports sports. If I want to see you it has to be a sports thing." Well I am glad that David listened and on Friday November 11th he took me to see a very off Broadway play called The Accidential Pervert.

Now I know what you are thinking....What the heck kind of play is this? Was The Lion King or some other overpriced Broadway play sold out so you settled for this? No no no. You see I would rather go to a off Broadway play than a Broadway one simply for one word--Talent. This play is full of talent from the start to finish.

Written by and starring Andrew Goffman and directed by Charles Messina, "The Accidental Pervert" tells the true story of an 11-year-old boy who discovered his father's pornography collection in a bedroom closet, just to the right of his golf clubs, above the cowboy boots, behind the sweatshirts, all the way up in the top left hand corner and how this discovery controlled his life until he was 26, the year he met his wife.

As a woman a lot of what Andrew stated does not pertain to me but that does not take away the fact that this one man 90 minute play without an intermission delves into the male psyche and mind of the world of sex and dating. Apparently a lot of men view pornography as the way most women act when it comes to sex and that we all are that flexible and willing to do some really sick shit. Andrew, growing up, soon realized that was not the case as I am sure a lot of other men have as well. This show displays that progression and realization.

As soon as the show was over -- David and I spoke to Andrew about the show and the possibility of returning with some friends of ours. What made me want to come back and see this show again in the future is the honesty, boldness, and humor of the script. Andrew has taken a topic that is not often talked about publicly, yet people have a lot of experience with it and puts it out there to start a discussion.

With all the humorous moments in the show, you would think there would not be any touching moments. Two of the most heartfelt moments come when Andrew talks about his dad's passing and just how that affected him and the moment he met his wife. It's these moments and a few others that give this play its soul and passion and the realization that no one starts out to be a "pervert," sometimes it just happens, but everyone has the power to change their life and their perspective.

Come down to the 13th Street Repertory Theatre (50 West 13th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenue) Friday and Saturday nights at 7pm through December 10 to see "The Accidental Pervert" and enjoy a rousing evening of humor, heart, and 100% pure pleasure!Click here for tickets and follow them on Facebook nd Twitter (@AccidentalPerv)!

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