Photo by Stan Barouh
Bootycandy playwright Robert O’Hara breaks it down in a vignette in the middle of the show entitled, “Conference”. The skit presents a moderator questioning the four “playwrights” that wrote the previously presented vignettes in the show. The moderator cross-examines each author, trying to pigeon hole his or her work into his stereotype. The illustration is a meta-point in the play that a statement that this piece provokes more than placates:
Moderator (to Playwright): What would you like the audience to take-away after seeing this show?
Playwright 1: I would like them to choke.
Playwright 2: After you choke and struggle, what goes down your throat isn’t easy- you know that it’s there.
O’Hara acknowledges that what you are witnessing may not be comfortable at times. Woolly Mammoth Theatre’s Bootycandy is like an Atomic Warhead Candy turned inside out. The series of 10 short plays start out sweet, funny, and entertaining but the show will have moments that will make you pucker as a complex portrait of the author is created through exploration of various issues including sex, family, and homo-phobia.