Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Making Porn"

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"Making Porn"

by Written and Directed by Ronnie Larsen

Lighting Designed by Craig B. Wollam
Company Manager Ron Hazard
Producer Caryn Horwitz

Ray............................Chris Green
Linda....................Jessica Alexander
Jack........................Steven O'Brien
Arthur......................Peter Nevargic
Jamie...........................Rob Miller
Ricky............................Tim Young


Ronnie Larsen's "Making Porn" might easily be the biography of its Boston star Chris Green (who plays a famous gay-porn actor in the play). The plot concerns an attrocious actor --- played here by Steven O'Brien --- who slips slowly into gay porno-videos because the money's good and his body pleases, even though he tries to keep the real nature of his parts from his wife.

Chris Green is indeed winner of a "Best Oral Scene" award, and can be found in the lobby after the show hawking and autographing his video performances. You can pick him out on stage because he drops the ends of every phrase, and recites his lines as flatly as though he were reading an eye-chart.

Or perhaps it's the biography of Caryn Horwitz. The wife in this play (acted by Jessica Alexader) supports her actor-husband as a legal secretary who, when she finds out how he's really been making money turns hard-bitten agent, determined to make him a lucrative career in the porn business despite his shamed revulsion.

Caryn Horwitz has produced productions of "Making Porn in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Sacramento, New York, and now Pittsburg and Boston. She is currently producing her first film: Ronnie Larsen's "Shooting Porn".

The actor/wife scenes are intercut with a love-triangle between the aggressively self-absorbed porn-director (Peter Nevargic) and his go-fer/lover (Rob Miller) breaking up fifteen years of marriage. The go-fer finds more meaning in the arms of a new porn-actor (Tim Young) who at twenty has yet to come out to his God-fearing parents.

These backstage confrontations are well written and forcefully acted on every side, and like any long-run cast on tour the actors know one another well enough to give no quarter in every heated exchange, rushing their lines just a smidge before this new audience.

This much, as described, would make a dynamite one-act. But the playwright has taken the audience onto the sound-stage where full-frontal faked orgasms and pseudo-penetrations send up the inane "art form" in question, adding little to the dramatic mix except beefcake for the press-releases.

Still, there are scenes, between director and go-fer, between go-fer and new love, between actor and wife, that crackle with sincerity and bite. Take this exchange, for instance:

You don't Have an "acting-career" Jack! You have an "auditioning-career", a "callbacks-career"! Take what you can get!

I want to be an actor!

And I wanted to be a ballerina! But I'm a legal secretary. And do you know why?

Because I Can't Dance!

Love,
===Anon.
( a k a larry stark)

"Making Porn" (till 14 September)

CARYN HORWITZ PRODUCTIONS
Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon Street, BOSTON
1(617)437-7172 1(212)691-8030

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