Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Regretrosexual 

A one-man show about coming to terms with your identity as a straight male

Wednesday, Aug 24 2005
Comments
Most heterosexual men are profoundly uncomfortable about admitting their nonstraight impulses. That stand-up comedian Dan Rothenberg fesses up to assorted homoerotic dalliances in his solo show, Regretrosexual, should be reason for cautious optimism about that contingent of the species. Worried about what his girlfriend will say when he tells her about his years exploring the fringes of San Francisco's gay scene, Rothenberg appeals to his inner John Travolta to help him come to terms with his identity as a straight male. Despite the fact that the writer-performer attests absolute confidence as regards to his present sexual orientation ("You don't need a drop of homophobia to look at a penis and say, 'No thank you'"), Rothenberg's show suggests a lack of security both as a writer and performer of solo theater and, ultimately, as a heterosexual man. For one thing, an hour of watching Rothenberg swagger and bray like the misogynistic male-empowerment expert Frank T.J. Mackie (Tom Cruise) in the movie Magnolia makes him appear weirdly defensive about his sexuality. For another, Rothenberg's positing gayness as simply a lifestyle choice renders his exploration of male sexuality decidedly shallow. This flip coming-out party for one might appeal to like-minded individuals in the audience who recognize their own sexual development in Rothenberg's anecdotes, but the monotonousness of the content and aggressiveness of the delivery make Regretrosexual a less-than-effective calling card for the straight-male emancipation movement.

About The Author

Chloe Veltman

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"