Religion is always one of those issues that is difficult to tackle on stage, yet is addressed in so many shows that it would be a fairly difficult task to list them all. From Fiddler on the Roof to the Book of Mormon, it seems that no religion is spared from exposure on the stage. Perhaps it is because you can never truly escape the teachings of your youth. Those lessons and stories from Sunday school classes, where you made paper cut outs of Noah and happily glued the animals to his construction-paper ark, well, those stories stay with you a very long time. And of course, you write what you know, so it would make sense then to see so many plays that touch on the subject of religion. Add to that list the off-Broadway fringe hit, Confessions of a Mormon Boy, and you’ve got quite a plethora of Mormon-based entertainment to choose from (ok, so two shows doesn’t quite make a plethora, but you get the idea.)
Confessions of a Mormon Boy is a one-man biographical play, written and performed by Steven Fales. Fales exposes everything (literally and metaphorically) during this 90 minute trip through his own personal experiences. He was born into a strong Mormon family in Utah, went on a mission to Portugal and had the traditional temple marriage to start his “forever family.” However, Fales was struggling throughout his life with his own person S.S.A issues (same sex attraction) while dealing with his failing marriage and trying to raise two children. His story leads the audience down his path of struggling to come out as a homosexual, leading to his own excommunication from the Mormon Church, and then down a life of prostitution and drug addiction in New York City.
One man shows like this can be difficult to perform, especially when the material is so personal. However, Mormon Boy is a stunning example of a true emotional journey that is powerful from start to finish. Fales relishes in the bits of humor that he can find. “I’m a gay Mormon, I think that makes me an oxy-Mormon…or Ethel Mormon” But the true power comes from the quiet moments. The moments where Fales strips away his giant Donny Osmand smile and allows the audience in on his truly personal and intimate thoughts.
At times the show drags a bit, however those slower moments are few and far between, as Fales takes each and every opportunity to connect as intimately as he can with the audience. At other times the show is embarrassingly raw, visceral, and provocative – as Fales illustrates his own path down prostitution and drug addiction. And finally, at other times, the show is heart-wrenchingly painful, honest, and brutal. Yes, the emotions on this journey run the full gamut, and Fales gleefully takes the audience along for the whole ride. There are ups and downs, and through it all, Fales keeps that winning smile.
Mormon Boy is only in Denver this weekend, so act now if you would like to see this intimate and touching production. It is truly a production that you won’t soon forget.
Confessions of a Mormon Boy
Written and performed by Steven Fales
Based on original direction by Tony Award Winner Jack Hofsiss
ONLY *5* Performances
Through April 1
Friday & Saturday @ 7:30
Saturday & Sunday @ 2:00
At Denver’s Dangerous Theatre
2620 W. 2nd Ave. #1
Denver, CO 80219
Ticket Info & Reservations: 720-233-4703
Tickets: $30 for evening performances/$25 for matinee performances
$5.00 discount available for students, seniors, military and members of the Colorado Theater Guild.