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Undress Me

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You know the story: boy suffers childhood trauma, boy grows up to be webcam sex performer.

OK, maybe it’s not that familiar in its specifics, but Winnipegger Kevin Gabel’s script (he also stars in this one-man 60-minute drama) needs some serious goosing — elevation of the prosaic language, a not-so-literal approach to the topic — if it’s going to rise above the risqué Lifetime movie level.

Gabel plays Julian, a smug, single, sexually ambiguous 27-year-old coasting through life, buoyed only by empty encounters and alcohol. After fighting with his brother on the eve of his wedding, Julian begins to confront his past and figure out what made him unable to connect with people.

Gabel is an appealing performer and Undress Me is never dull — there is some dark humour and a somewhat unexpected twist in the story — but its final resolution evokes a sigh, not a gasp. HH1/2

 

— Jill Wilson

From the Fringe program:

Director: Ivan Henwood

Cast: Kevin P. Gabel

A darkly funny drama of sex, obsession and desperation.

Julian, a part-time sex cam performer, is obsessed with alcohol, his own body and having sex with as many people as possible. But his life begins to come into focus when he comes back from his brother's wedding rehearsal with a black eye. As he gets more and more drunk and his cocky attitude begins to crumble, his hidden demons rise to the surface and he hurtles toward catastrophe.

Audience Classification: Mature

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $9 for Students, Seniors

Warnings: Nudity, Coarse Language, Sexual Content -

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