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Fucking Men

Address: The King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, Islington, N1
Tel No: N/A
Nearest Tube Station: Angel

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Posted on 13th January 2009

The steam creeping across the room, eyes gazing with the utmost intensity while bodies lay back seeming relaxed but muscles tightened of course. The steam becomes thicker as towels start chaffing and sweat starts dripping. In the corner of the room a straight soldier is getting closer to a preppy college senior. To clear it up, no I am not reviewing how a night in Chariots off Shoreditch high street went down, this is just a scene from the new play from acclaimed playwright Joe DiPietro.

Fucking Men

The production 'Fucking men' (not needing to beat around the bush when reaching a title evidently) opened in The King's Head theatre last week. It features ten different men dealing with the highs and lows of what different sexual encounters would bring. The stories are interlinked quite cleverly throughout with some very thought provoking performances from a couple of the characters. Most notably the lost escort boy who shows a sad façade of confidence and desperation for love. Also, the married forty-something lawyer whose hotel hookups show a stark and very honest reflection of what happens way too often as he lies about being HIV positive.

Amidst all the promiscuity there are many references to monogamy, sometimes exposing deep feelings on the subject and it's implications which is always a topical subject within the community. But amongst the lawyer and the escort the characters are very much varied to the audience in full attendance. We have the confused soldier, the emotionally deranged playwright, the sex-driven 21 year old and a few suger daddies thrown in for good measure to name a few. Although at times the play pushes too much on stereotypes without really showing any real personality of some characters. The play makes some very valid points all the while it has to be seen purely from an entertainment point of view.

Fucking Men

But above all, whilst there is a lot of good humour thrown about, it is a play bringing a lot more than the initial scenes of beautiful bodies floating about a steam room. At times it’s quite sentimental and the viewer really begins to sympathise with a lot of the cases. Most notably the exposing of the hypocrisy that is Hollywood homophobia as the setting is modern day New York. It brought a lovely feeling of coming together but in a tasteful way. This is the perfect play to go and see with a partner, brother or sister, or even a few friends. Whether gay or straight this production certainly had well deserved laughs which is much needed on these bitter cold weeknights.

With the capital freezing over as of late, you'll be sure to feel warmed up on departure from the King's Head theatre this January.

Written by Sean McGirr

LGM Contributor


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