Sexual Perversity in Chicago, David Mamet's 1974 play, takes the audience back to a time when women's rights, drugs, and sexual freedom were in the forefront and political correctness was nonexistent. Prepare for exposed flesh, a cacophony of curse words that would make George Carlin proud, and frank discussion about extraordinary sex acts. If you are easily offended, this adult-only play may not be for you. Although written like a film, with more than 30 scenes, the production crew masters changes seamlessly, with the minutest details being addressed, transforming the stage into a beach, a bedroom, a disco, a classroom, and more. Bernie (Ford D'Aprix), a long-haired, sideburn-coifed, open-shirted man on the make, makes the play with his right-on delivery of what could be some difficult dialogue. Although his mentality is toward T&A, we see a glimpse of something vulnerable just below the surface. He "mentors" his fresh-faced buddy, Danny (Sebastian Montoya), who is just cutting teeth on the liberated life. When Danny meets a naive young artist, Deborah (Jennifer Gomez), the relationship triangle begins. Bernie tries to talk Danny out of this thing called love, and Deborah's less-than-candid feminist roommate, Joan (Julia Clearwood), warns Deborah that she is on the wrong path. But the two lovebirds move in together, and a new aspect of their relationship unfolds. This down-and-dirty exploration is exhibitionistic, and audience members, lounging on love seats, become the voyeurs. Of course, the slice of life doesn't end according to theater protocol. This is experimental theater at its best. (Through June 13 at Sol Theater, 1140 NE Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-6555.)
The Gulf of Westchester: Deborah Zoe Laufer's biting satire about the war in Iraq hurtles along with such passion and intensity that it's breathtaking. Laufer doesn't get the gold at the finish line -- she cartwheels out of control well before that -- but her reckless bravado makes for the kind of agitprop, bare-knuckle theater that rarely makes an appearance on contemporary stages. Laufer's go-for-the-throat antiwar stance doesn't offer any new ideas, but Louis Tyrrell's flawless staging and inventive use of video sequences makes for an intriguing production. The outstanding cast features Kim Ostrenko as an icy pro-Bush housewife and Stephen G. Anthony as her back-slapping husband. (Through June 13 at Florida Stage, 262 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 561-585-3433, 800-514-3837.)
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