I was lured in by the poster of a buff, naked man holding up the title of the show and the disclaimer “Warning! May contain nuts.”
There was an alarming absence of nuts in the opening numbers. A fully clothed lesbian (played by Jennifer Mote) danced in a ballet-esque manner to demonstrate her grief over losing her job, and a fully clothed gay guy (played by Brenner Smith) danced about his grief over losing his boyfriend. The show uses various styles of dance, from ballet to hip hop, to tell the story of how a girl and a guy cope with their respective losses and try to find something better.
Thankfully, the dance numbers became more elaborate, diverse, funny and sexy. And while there were no balls, there was a great deal of skin, some cup-able bulges and an elaborate group number involving a leather-clad dom, his four PVC-clad and spandex-hooded slaves, and their initiate of the evening (Smith). All to the tune of “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails (we’ve all screwed to that song, I’m sure).
While the lesbians are sexy in their tights, their dance numbers are fewer and not as dirty-sexy as the male numbers. There is a playful manipulation of gender roles when the blond guy switches from his aggressive pursuit of Smith to coquettish demurring, ultimately resulting in dance-humping. Overall, the acting was nothing special, the story simple, but who cares when you have so much eye-candy to nibble? --Jeremy Willard
With Somebody Who Loves Me: A Gay Dansical runs till Sat, July 14 at Factory Theatre Mainspace, 125 Bathurst St. fringetoronto.com