10. Steven Fales’s Confessions of a Mormon Boy
Steven Fales has found international popularity with his eye-opening Confessions of a Mormon Boy. He unflinchingly bared it all and dared us to see both sides of the experience of being Mormon, being gay, being an addict, and being an escort, all with compelling humanity and engaging charm.
9. Joseph Keckler’s JOBZ
Joseph Keckler had terrific success with last year’s I Am an Opera, a virtuoso trip through the concert halls, costume shops, and general curiosity of his mind, which I loved. But my first inspiration from Joseph was seeing his less elaborate show, JOBZ, which achieved grand artistic expression looking closely at very minute details of his employment struggles — a subject that resonates powerfully with me.
8. Marga Gomez’s Los Big Names
Marga Gomez is a beguiling combination of things I love about Kathy Griffin, Ricky Ricardo, and Dylan from 90210. Her telling-it-like-it-is storytelling is never short on wisdom and belly laughs, and I flock to see her anywhere. Los Big Names was inspiring in its naked look at a life in show business — warts and all.
7. Jeffery Self’s My Life on the Craigslist
I was torn whether to include this or Jeffery Self’s second solo play, People I Slept With Who Never Called Me Back, as I relished every second of the two equally, and both reflect the indelible role Jeffery has played in millennial gay pop culture discourse. I chose the first one because Jeffery’s first impression on me was so instantly affecting. I still reel from his slyly insightful, frivolous-on-the-surface observations.
6. Dan Fishback’s Thirtynothing
Dan Fishback is a gay Jewish renaissance man for the new millennium. He is currently at work on a book based on Thirtynothing, his enlightening solo play that explored the intersection of post-Holocaust Jewishness and “post-AIDS” gayness. Dan’s intelligence, sensitivity, and diligence are a model for both communities, and to say his work speaks to me is an enormous understatement.
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