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| Tuesday, March 17, 2009




I'll give you a second to take in the headline of this post. May we proceed? Good. It's a known fact in many artistic circles in New York that some of the best theater isn't always found on Broadway, but far from the great white way in smaller theaters and experimental houses that are not controlled by the Walt Disney machine. Whore Works happens to be one of those shows.


Loldarian.com was fortunate to be invited to the opening night performance of this off-off broadway play exploring the lives of a young black male escort, played by the beautiful Juan Michael Porter, who also penned the script, and his "client" played by the brilliant Bryan Webster.


Isn't money love? This is the question at the core of the conflict between a paid professional who is determined not to confuse his profession with matters of the heart.


It's not very often a show is produced that features an all black cast let alone a show that deals explicitly with (homo)sexuality. These two fine actors are so committed to the work that they become totally immersed in their characters and allow themselves to be completely exposed in front of an audience of strangers. And I mean that literally. It might not be a good idea to attend this show with your mother.


There's something powerful about the presence of black gay love on stage or in the case of Whore Works-lust. And I couldn't help but revel in the fact that for once there was a relationship presented in the theater that reflected the lives of two black gay men in all of it's complexities.


If you're in New York then I highly recommend that you check out Whore Works . The show will resume performances on March 20, 21, and 22. Theater info is listed below.


Many thanks to Angelo Ragaza and Bryan Webster.


Whore Works
Spoon Theater
38 West 38th Street btw 5th&6th Avenues
Tickets: $18.00
(212)352-3101
www.whoreworks.com



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