CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON BOY
by Steven Fales.
Charing Cross Theatre The Arches Villiers Street, WC2N 6NG To 24 September 2011.
Runs 1hr 30min No interval.
TICKETS: 020 7478 0170
Baring more than his soul.
Since he still lives in Salt Lake City, when not touring the world with this and other one-man shows based on his life, the Church of the Latter-day Saints is undoubtedly very understanding. A sixth generation Mormon, royalty in fact, Steven Fales, a well-built gent with pearly teeth – Mormon’s smile a lot – grew up in the usual way, got married young, fathered two children, and then discovered that he was gay.
Aversion therapy doesn’t work, he gets divorced age 30, leaves his wife and two young children, moves to New York with very little money, planning to take up acting – he has talent – and earn his living meantime as a waiter.
But the money runs out and he turns to the oldest profession to help pay the bills – at which he is a success. But, like too many sex workers he simply spends, spends, spends. And then come the drugs.
It all, however, ends happily enough as he gets over his drug abuse, cleans up his act, and discovers a talent for writing which, coupled with being a gifted performer who can hold a stage, has resulted in this (transferred from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and other one man plays.
The jokes are good in Confessions of a Mormon boy (recommended for 18+), there is some interesting stuff about what the Elders get up to, the sound and lighting has been brilliantly devised, and director Jack Hofsiss has ensured that the conversation between Fales and the audience looks like he is talking only to one person.
Fales also takes off his clothes, revealing, more or less, why he was such a hit with the gentlemen. Actually he takes off more than his clothes, but that would be to spoil the evening’s biggest surprise.
It is a journey of self-discovery, not a particularly unusual one in many respects, but one well worth going along on, and there is no doubt that Fales, who has maintained his relationship with his wife and children, is excellent company as he reconciles who and what he is with how he was brought up. Bring on the Book of Mormon.
Performer: Steven Fales.
Director: Steven Fales.
Original director: Jack Hofsiss.
Sound – Joe Killian.