SEARCH
Not Now Darling (tour – Westcliff)
REVIEWS
Journey's End (Glasgow)

Confessions of a Mormon Boy

By • West End
WOS Rating:
Confessions of a Mormon Boy is an odyssey, a tormented soul in search of the meaning of life, love and his true self.

Ostensibly this one man show is the story of a gay man born into a devout Mormon family who struggles with the doctrinal prejudices of his church and community, flees the oppressive disapproval of Salt Lake City (getting himself excommunicated on the way), and ends up as a high end escort in the Sodam and Gamorrah that is New York City.

However the real fascination for the observer is the emotional and spiritual journey that Steven Fales describes; his initial attempts to convert and conform, going as far as therapy sessions to rid him of his SSA (same sex attraction), a two year missionary period in Portugal and even marrying a good Mormon girl and fathering two children.

It’s a difficult task to tell your own story in such a public manner and not seem to be self indulgent or to be using the audience as a confessional or extended therapy, but Fales cleverly manages to avoid self pity and cathartic histrionics and describes his very moving and very funny journey in a positive and ultimately uplifting way. He never rages against the bigots and hypocrites who dismiss him and he (eventually) takes full responsibility for his own hedonistic decline into sex and drug addiction.

We are left with the feeling that although the quest to find himself almost ended in self destruction he leaves the stage with his soul relatively at peace, able to enjoy his adored children whilst still able be himself, namely, a happily gay man.

Fales captivates his audience with a sometimes moving, often funny and occasionally shocking odyssey from sexual denial to emotional salvation.

- Keith Myers


comments powered by Disqus

By providing information about entertainment and cultural events on this site, WhatsOnStage.com shall not be deemed to endorse,
recommend, approve and/or guarantee such events, or any facts, views, advice and/or information contained therein.

©1999-2014 WhatsOnStage.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use & Privacy Policy