May 29, 2012


Doctors demonstrate the Vibrator - Courtesy Photo



LETS START OUT with the lavish splendid sets, sumptuous clothes and sexy hands in Victorian England, as we discover and uncover astounding delights – especially for the women. Two male doctors have discovered a way to keep women from becoming “Hysterical”. The women line up at the Docs office as the men make the women moan and groan. Good for the women, but very hard on the young doctors hand. Plus, it takes too long to get a reaction from the patient. 

As the story advances, the film becomes even more hysterical for the women. The Doctor and a friend knows about electrical elements. He comes up with an electrical spinning device. Of course today – it would be called an electric Dildo.

A very heavyset woman was extremely disappointed about the old hand procedure. But when the Doctor (Hugh Dancy) probes her with the vibrator machine – she starts to sing an Opera. Wow! I never knew that electricity would do that. Did you? Well, I will tell you that the woman got a good dose of Hysteria cure. When the Doc removes the device, the ladies are as happy as a clam. An exhausted one. 

The production is outstanding. The Acting by Jonathon Price is marvelous, Hugh Dancy is unbelievably charming and handsome. How does he stay so young looking? Maggie Gyllenhaal is volatile, and compassionate.

The bizarre treatment in Victorian times were a little on the weird side. But, they do things with all there clothes on – so that’s a relief right there. 

Hey, this movie is much more than I expected. It’s funny; it has great direction and excellent photography and a really terrific score. It’s hysterical and I might add, full of Hysteria. But, what do I know – the Docs have stronger hands than I do. OH, I do feel a buzz!


RATING: FOUR BOXES OF POPCORN!!!! (highest rating) –trademarked-

Chris Threatens Eli - Photo: Lois Tema


High school boy shows a little too much of his gayness in 2006. He dresses in bizarre clothes. His hair is dyed blue, and it appears that he might even wear a bit of makeup. I guess he thinks that because he is in San Francisco – that he can get away with it. Some at the High School may not mind, but in 2006 – there is still bully-ism. A couple of boys are attracted to the gay boy (who looks a little old for High
School) – One guy acts like he hates gays, and on the other hand he wants to F—k. And when he does the deed – he gets mad. It’s the Game to play.

There are flashes of nudity in the play – but not total bareness. Depends on where you are sitting. Some views are better then others. Another young man (Jake) (Benjamin T. Ismail) – seems to be more of a friend. He always sits and talks with the gay guy. He asks lots of questions. He’s curious to the point that we know what he’s after.

Not only does “Eli” the gay have troubles in the schoolyard – he has a problem. The problem is that he cuts himself on his wrists and arms. Mentally – I would suggest that he see a doctor. But it’s only a play. I wasn’t convinced that it was touching enough for me to care. It seems that Eli has had affairs in and out of school. That’s O.K. – many do it – but they are usually not going insane. Here’s a quote from the play “I’m like a 49 year-old at 17.”

Evan Johnson is Eli, who is confused about life. Eli’s role is fascinating, but runs thin as his problems seem to become too much baggage for him to deal with life.

Fernando Navales (Chris) comes across as the main Bully on the Campus. He treats Eli badly. Why, because Eli has a crush on Chris the bully of the high school. He threatens Eli a lot. Chris thinks he’s straight – but we wonder. It seems to me that he would screw a pine tree as long as it doesn’t move.

 Both boys have had sex with Eli. Something that Eli has done many times before, with others. 

Another strong performance is by Eli’s mother “Stacy Thunes) – She’s a little wacko also. No wonder Eli cuts himself.

 Some tense moments are in this play – but much of it seems a little repetitious. There are flickers of “Rebel Without a Cause.” But then, all Teens are “Rebels” aren’t they? 

The Direction by Andrew Nance is visionary.

Now playing at the New Conservatory Theatre

RATING: Three Glasses of Champagne!!! –trademarked- 

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and he produced and Hosted a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))  

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