Missionary Position

Playwright Steven Fales's one-person show Missionary Position is about sex. And it isn’t. A prequel of sorts to his hit play Confessions of a Mormon Boy, the autobiographical comedy explores Fales’s life as a young man, including not only his conflicts about his growing attraction to the same sex, but his doubts about the Mormon teachings. In an attempt to rid himself of his homosexual desires — forbidden by his conservative religion — Fales immersed himself in a two-year missionary venture in Portugal while still just a teen. It didn't work. Fales came home just as gay as when he left.

Along with Fales's memories, the play reveals some of the religion's best-kept secrets, including its exclusive temple ceremonies, which Fales swore never to disclose to outsiders, a Mormon film about salvation (which he calls The Rocky Mormon Picture Show) and lots of salutes (Fales quips that the Mormon temple is ''an international house of handshakes''). He also describes a moment when, the rituals complete, he's embraced by his family. As he remembers, their expressions seem to be saying, ''Do you buy this? It’s all right, we don’t get it either. But our pioneer ancestors seemed to.'' A laugh-out-loud funny comedy, Missionary Position is also a poignant look at one man’s self-awakening. 6 p.m. Sundays. 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through October 21.
Fri., Oct. 12; Sun., Oct. 21, 2012

 
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