SexualMisadventuresOfAStraightWhiteMale: APrivilegeStory

solo performance ross john gosla · Ages 13+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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Review by MARNIE OLSON

July 17, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Ross Gosla. He’s funny, sweet, charming, breath-takingly honest and really trying to use his Straight White Man powers for good. He’s also very weird, which as far as I’m concerned makes him more accessible, relatable, and frankly – cooler – than the Chads he eerily impersonates.
I enjoyed his not exactly under-the-top German accent as our tour guide to the Man Make Machine, but most of all, I appreciate that he asks himself the hard questions. What is a real man? A real man is one who knows if he’s not part of the solution, he’s part of the problem.
His dance moves are pretty tight too.
Also, he found himself a woman director, which shows that he gets it more than most men.
Kudos to director Steph Martinez who kept a quick pace and a constantly moving landscape.

What I didn't like

There were a few times the transitions between segments were a little fuzzy to me, but that could easily be attributed to the fact that this was my second-to-last day of Fringe and the 40th show I’d seen.

My overall impression

Finally! A refreshing perspective from a straight white man taking responsibility for his own role in the ever-evolving feminist landscape.

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