"Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man" is playing at the Anthony Cools Theater inside the
Paris Las Vegas. Based on the 1997 book by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman, the show is a candid
and explicit "how to" guide for pleasuring men. The production was brought to Vegas because of
its Off-Broadway success.
The premise, of course, is that women need help from a gay man to learn how to pleasure a man.
Really? Are men so hard to please? Has this been a problem in our society? Other than a theme
and variation on a hand job technique, I'm not sure that anyone will really learn anything new.
The show is set up to be a book review and talk with the author, moderated by Robyn (played by
Scheana Shay.) The evening is quickly high-jacked by the author Dan (played by Chester
Lockhart.) The production is supported by Stephan (played by Chris Hodgson,) who is supposed to
be the technician of the show. There are multiple sections of awkward audience participation.
The show is certainly an amusement, but it falls short of being a great piece of entertainment.
Having Reality TV stars anchor your production certainly sells seats, but the only person on that
stage with any acting chops was the supporting character. The two leads show no depth to their
acting, only play the most obvious elements, and have only a modicum of believability. Lockhart
is likeable onstage and well committed to his role, but it's certainly not enough to carry the
evening. Shay comes off as a community theater actress.
The script itself has witty passages, and I could certainly see how this show could work with
really strong actors. Actors that know how to walk the line between what is appropriate and what
The audience participation is right next door to audience abuse. Who thought it was a good idea
to blindfold female audience members and have them simulate different hand job techniques? We
feel badly for the people that are brought up onstage.
Technically speaking, the show had some problems as well. On way too many incidences, we just
couldn't understand what was being said. Part of the problem was the microphones and part of the
problem was basic articulation. Please, either fix the microphones, or the actor's need to learn
how to project and articulate. It's not that big of a room. There is no reason that we should
not be able to hear them.
This show could be a lot of fun for a drunken bachelorette party, but beyond that it is