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Friday, June 27, 2003

There's much ado about nothing in Vancouver these days.

A small art gallery was jammed by the curious, but apparently no police officers, for an event Thursday night that was billed as Canada's first live sex show...Later, in what was billed as a first in Canada, a naked couple performed mutual oral sex. After applying paint to the actors' bodies and draping a sheet briefly over the performing duo, actor Martin Guderna then hung the imprint-covered sheet on the wall.

It sounds like absolute drivel. Back in theatre school we used to call this a 'wank'. That's got nothing to do with the sexual content. It's a reference to a showy, meaningless gesture that has no purpose but to look good and provoke controversy.

It did remind me of a conversation that I had with one of my theatre profs about clothed on-stage erections. He said he never worried about them, because he figured it was psychologically tricky to get actually aroused in front of all those people. I'd tend to agree. I wonder how the male actor manages it?

Another article suggested that the sex act began the second act. So I imagine he, uh, prepared himself in the wings and entered the stage in an, er, engorged state. Maybe there was one of these (sort of not safe for work) involved too.

IAGO

I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter
and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs.


2:32:59 PM        Politics The Arts Vancouver