‘Pe­nis Talk Show’ drop­ping trou at 7 Stages

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Over the last few decades, openly gay play­wright, ac­tor and di­rec­tor Ron­nie Larsen has carved out a niche for him­self with his gay-themed, of­ten sex­u­ally frank shows. Just as his pro­duc­tion of “Happy End­ings” closes in the ATL, his new one “The Pe­nis Talk Show” is about to open at 7 Stages. As you can imag­ine, it’s one to leave the kids at home for.

Iron­i­cally, the show had its ori­gins in a sex club in Van Nuys, Cal­i­for­nia, where a woman wanted peo­ple to stare at her vagina.

“We put her in a box and peo­ple started star­ing and ask­ing her vagina ques­tions,” Larsen re­called.

Soon, he got the idea to do a “Vagina Talk Show” with women on­stage naked (with their faces cov­ered by a cur­tain) in L.A. and al­low­ing au­di­ence mem­bers to query them and their bod­ies. With that a suc­cess, he turned to a male ver­sion and – hence – “The Pe­nis Talk Show” was born.

Al­though Larsen re­al­izes it may sound gim­micky, he says it’s an in­ter­est­ing, ed­u­ca­tional evening, one that is dif­fer­ent each show. He serves as the host, talks to three naked guys on­stage briefly and then lets them an­swer ques­tions from the au­di­ence.

“The au­di­ence wants to talk and want to re­veal parts of their own life,” he said. “You learn about the strangers on­stage as well as the strangers in the au­di­ence and the peo­ple they came with. It be­comes very rev­e­la­tory. Peo­ple talk and ask about any­thing and the guys feels very free to do the same. It’s very sex­ual.”

His au­di­ence mem­bers, he said, are a mix­ture of both men and women and gay and straight crowds. The con­ver­sa­tions lead down un­pre­dictable paths.

“One women asked a guy why there was no fe­male ver­sion of a glory hole,” Larsen said.

And then there was a time an­other pa­tron men­tioned that a cer­tain male bod­ily fluid was good for her eye­lashes – and wanted to know how to make said fluid thicker.

Larsen’s other works in­clude “Mak­ing Porn,” “10 Naked Men,” “Girl Meets Girl” and “My Boyfriend the Strip­per,” all of

Au­gust 18, 2017

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