King's

Head

Theatre

King’s Head Theatre and Making Productions
present

 

JERKER

by Robert Chesley

 

Directed by Ben Anderson

 

King’s Head Theatre

30 October - 23 November 2019

 

NB Note 8.45 start time 

 

 

Review by Clive Burton

 

Spunky would also prove an appropriate description of this joyless gay two-hander (Oh, Matron!), a separate production performed almost three decades after it was written.

 

Robert Chesley’s Jerker is a collection of telephone calls made by queer men in San Francisco hoping to make contact with other thrill-seeking gays looking for instant sexual gratification.

 

Phone sex formed part of a portfolio of possibilities that included clubs with ‘anything goes’ back rooms, toilet sex, on-street cruising, gay movie houses and all the other specialist opportunities available to gay men before the decimation of their community from AIDS started  to take its toll.

 

Described as ‘a pornographic elegy’ this short (and graphic) 80-minute one-acter proves entirely un-erotic in its depiction of the passionless passions enacted between Tibu Fortes as Bert and his homo hook up, J.R. (played by newcomer Tom Joyner with all the joyless enthusiasm of a genuine porno star).

 

Even the services of an Intimacy Director fails to revive this limp excuse for such an indulgent piece. And, for all its talk of erections, dream on…

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