Last night, The Marcus Center began its weekend run of “Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man.” This fun, theatrical comedy was met with jaw drops, blushing, and roars of laughter. While the audience was audibly entertained by the non-stop comical event, this show has a limited, albeit enthusiastic, demographic.
“Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man” begins with Robyn, who finally has the opportunity to prove that she can run the English department’s author event. Instead of the usual programmed, read-and-discuss format, Robyn gets the surprise of her life when Dan Anderson comes on the show to talk about his book “Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man,” with big plans including audience participation, sound effects, and demonstrations.
The content of the show is pretty straight-forward, as noted in the title. The demographic of the show is just as clear. While straight men and lesbians could certainly find entertainment in the event, the title, content, and turnout strongly suggest that the show is mainly for straight women and gay men (with a much higher showing of straight, middle-aged women). The overall feel of the show is that of something that would be great entertainment for a bachelorette party or girls night out.
Even though, by the end of the evening, the audience was roaring with laughter, it took a while for them to get involved in the show. The audience grew to be more and more receptive as the evening progressed, and if they hadn’t, Dan Anderson, made sure of their involvement through audience participation.
Dan Anderson called up several audience members to role play, act out excerpts from the book, and compete onstage. It’s hard not to be amused by Dan as he makes the audience feel comfortable while simultaneously making them feel a bit uncomfortable with his aggressive, raunchy, no-holds-barred comedy.
The style of comedy, while quick-witted and unexpected, also limits the demographic a bit because of its adult nature. It is the kind of adult humor that not all adults would appreciate, depending on their background and sense of humor. Fortunately, with the correct atmosphere and audience, yesterday evening’s performance met with a lot of laughter and applause.
There are touches of sentiment within “Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man,” though these are few and far between. While this normally wouldn’t be an issue in a comedy show, the sentimental moments add something, but fall short because of a lack of development. If these moments about confidence and censorship were developed more, it would add a lot to the performance, rather than feel like a sentimental stretch.
“Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man” is a jaw-dropping, cover-your-mouth, hilarious show that brought a lot of laughs to Milwaukee yesterday evening. While it has its limits in ideal demographic, Dan Anderson’s charisma and energy helps enthuse the audience and get them involved. “Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man” ran through tonight, May 1 at The Marcus Center’s Vogel Hall.