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AtticRep’s ‘Straight’ well worth catching

By Deborah Martin
December 10, 2010

AtticRep‘s fifth season is off to a typically strong start with “Straight,” David Schmader’s sharp solo show about his excursion into the world of conversion therapy.

As the title suggests, conversion therapy, which had a big heyday in the ’90s, is designed to try to put gays back on the straight and narrow, so to speak. Schmader, who writes for Seattle’s The Stranger newspaper, went under cover to explore both secular and religious approaches. In one of the show’s many very funny moments, he wonders if everyone at a particular session is an undercover journalist.

Schmader, a masterful storyteller, paints vivid pictures of his session with a doctor who sees yoga as the key to suppressing homosexual urges and of attending support meetings for “sexual strugglers” and a retreat in North Texas, which he attends while visiting his parents.

Throughout the piece, he digs deep, never shying from the complexity of such big issues as sexual identity and faith. Among other things, he questions some aspects of gay culture, including gay pride.

“Pride makes no sense,” he says. “Pride is as stupid as shame.”

The show, well-directed by Andrew Thornton, is smart, thought-provoking and well worth seeing.

“Straight” can be seen at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 19 at the Attic Theatre at Trinity University. Tickets range from $10 to $20. Call 800-838-3006 for reservations or visit atticrep.org to buy tickets online.

AtticRep‘s fifth season is off to a typically strong start with “Straight,” David Schmader’s sharp solo show about his excursion into the world of conversion therapy.

As the title suggests, conversion therapy, which had a big heyday in the ’90s, is designed to try to put gays back on the straight and narrow, so to speak. Schmader, who writes for Seattle’s The Stranger newspaper, went under cover to explore both secular and religious approaches. In one of the show’s many very funny moments, he wonders if everyone at a particular session is an undercover journalist.

Schmader, a masterful storyteller, paints vivid pictures of his session with a doctor who sees yoga as the key to suppressing homosexual urges and of attending support meetings for “sexual strugglers” and a retreat in North Texas, which he attends while visiting his parents.

Throughout the piece, he digs deep, never shying from the complexity of such big issues as sexual identity and faith. Among other things, he questions some aspects of gay culture, including gay pride.

“Pride makes no sense,” he says. “Pride is as stupid as shame.”

The show, well-directed by Andrew Thornton, is smart, thought-provoking and well worth seeing.

“Straight” can be seen at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 19 at the Attic Theatre at Trinity University. Tickets range from $10 to $20. Call 800-838-3006 for reservations or visit atticrep.org to buy tickets online.

AtticRep‘s fifth season is off to a typically strong start with “Straight,” David Schmader’s sharp solo show about his excursion into the world of conversion therapy.

As the title suggests, conversion therapy, which had a big heyday in the ’90s, is designed to try to put gays back on the straight and narrow, so to speak. Schmader, who writes for Seattle’s The Stranger newspaper, went under cover to explore both secular and religious approaches. In one of the show’s many very funny moments, he wonders if everyone at a particular session is an undercover journalist.

Schmader, a masterful storyteller, paints vivid pictures of his session with a doctor who sees yoga as the key to suppressing homosexual urges and of attending support meetings for “sexual strugglers” and a retreat in North Texas, which he attends while visiting his parents.

Throughout the piece, he digs deep, never shying from the complexity of such big issues as sexual identity and faith. Among other things, he questions some aspects of gay culture, including gay pride.

“Pride makes no sense,” he says. “Pride is as stupid as shame.”

The show, well-directed by Andrew Thornton, is smart, thought-provoking and well worth seeing.

“Straight” can be seen at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 19 at the Attic Theatre at Trinity University. Tickets range from $10 to $20. Call 800-838-3006 for reservations or visit atticrep.org to buy tickets online.

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