|Heat & Hostility
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Kevin Delin’s Heat & Hostility is an amusing look at men and women and sex, in a
series of 14 sketches, featuring an attractive and talented young cast of
performers. Here’s a preview of some of the “heat and hostility” that’s in store
How would you feel if you were an actor about to stage-kiss a beautiful costar
and your director kept getting in the way? And what to do about an
“unprofessional” erection preceding the kiss? After all, “it’s bad acting to
anticipate the boner.”
Are there certain words which only a woman can use? How soon in the dating
process is it acceptable to pass wind? Is it playing fair for a woman to wear a
wonder bra, and why would a man feel uncomfortable holding his girlfriend’s
purse while she goes to try one on?
What might happen if a straight porn star met his gay “power bottom”
equivalent on set? And why might it be inappropriate for the former to ask the
latter, “Boy, who crawled up your ass today?”
Is it really true that some men buy Playboy just for the articles? When a guy asks
a girl how many sex partners she’s had before him, how would he feel if his
girlfriend did better in college than he did? And what about a heterosexual
man who discovers that “the beauty of anal sex is that you don’t need a
woman to do it?”
How should a woman feel if her boyfriend objects to her having her breast
implants removed because he insists, “I love you how you are now?” (Emphasis
on the now.)
What conversation might take place if two female acting students decided to
prepare a scene about a pair of convent schoolgirls?
A: You’re a lesbian.
B: Maybe a little…
If you walked in on your boyfriend pleasuring himself, and you asked, “Is this what you do when I’m not at home?” would you believe him if he said, “Not all the time!”
And if a beautiful hotel doctor wanted to cure your flu with an “anti-electron dance” to tropical drum beats, would you assume that she got her medical degree in the Caribbean?
These are just some of the questions posed and the situations presented in Heat &Hostility. The cast of five (William Henry Catlett, IV, Travis Dixon, Amy Lucas, Jill Slattery, and Quin Walters) are uniformly talented, good-looking, and adept at
comedy. Delin’s skits may not be for all tastes, but I enjoyed them, and appreciated that there was at least one gay male character and a lesbian or two thrown into the action. Problematic, as may be imagined, are the 12 set changes, which slow down the momentum. Also, an intermission seemed
unnecessary in a show which without it would run under 90 minutes. But overall, Heat & Hostility is an amusing (and quite a bit racy and ribald) hour and a half of PG-13 (or would it be R?) rated fun.
Reviewed by Steven Stanley
LA’s The Place Magazine
reviewed by Mary E. Montoro
Love bites you in the ass and makes you ache but it’s also an astounding experience that can leave one both fulfilled and drained. Writer/director Kevin Delin must have experienced some fantastic highs as well as some exhausting lows to come up with Heat & Hostility. The 14-part dramedy has an arc of every romantic trouble imaginable. He weaves in the funny, with the unbelievable and creates a vivid montage of romantic foibles befallen by all. All of the characters go by the names of He and She. This is possibly Delin’s way of placing the every lovesick man or woman in the character’s place.
There is something in each vignette that will sound familiar. Take the dreaded ‘how many guys did you sleep with before me?’ situation. Couple Travis Dixon and Quin Walters play a laidback couple relaxing and reading one afternoon. The harmony is crushed when Dixon asks Walters the question that no man should ask. Both Walters’ response and Dixon’s reaction are classic in coupledom history. Some things should never be asked or answered. William Henry Catlett IV experiences the same nightmare in ‘Meloncholy’ when Walters asks her beloved if he likes her implants.
There is an underlying question that escaped Catlett. Of course he likes the implants BUT if he admits that then he’s subconsciously saying that without them Walters won’t be desirable. Think before you speak gentlemen. Catlett and Walters’ dialogue will resonate with a lot of paramours who trap themselves in this awkward position. Leaving the female out of the equation is “Battle of the Inches” where Catlett and Dixon play well endowed porn actors, the former hetero and the latter gay. It’s like taking a peek into a forbidden world as the audience watches Punk (Dixon) and Hunk (Catlett) discuss which of them has it bad in the industry. Their conversation is highly intellectual and entertaining.
Dixon easily morphs from loving boyfriend (Bicycles) to frustrated porn star to the vindictive lover in “Party of Two” with Amy Lucas. Lucas’ pregnant character is hoping that her man will surprise her with a ring. She gets something else instead. This is the perfect revenge fantasy very well executed.
It’s not surprising that Dixon plays all his characters with so much sophisticated humor. He is a member of the hysterical Complex Comedy improv group which performs the most hysterical and innovative shows every Saturday night at the Complex Theatre in Hollywood. His splats and falls are reminiscent of the old school master Harold Lloyd. He switches characters by the sound of a snap making it easy to believe he is who his is at the given moment. Walters isn’t so bad either. She too was excellent and charming in her roles particularly as Deanna in “Doctor’s Order.” As the doctor she uses an unorthodox method to cure Cole’s (Catlett) flu. Her treatment consists of performing the anti-electro dance which consists of Bob Fosse-esque dance moves. Who says girls aren’t funny?
Delin must have had some interesting experiences in relationships to let the outside world know about them. All his characters are good people who are looking for and maintain love. They probably weren’t expecting the craziness that which it a bitch for He and She but gives the rest of a sigh of relief.
Heat &Hostility plays at the El Centro Theatre Circle Stage located 804 N. El Centro, Hollywood Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday at and at 3 p.m. until Sunday, October 21 For more information log on to: www.plays411.com/heatandhostility
Heat & Hostility – Hang On To Your Hats!
HOLLYWOOD – This review is so mixed it could make your head spin! Still, mine will likely be the most fair and open-minded critique this production will get, as it does have its problems. Ambitiously written and playfully directed by Kevin Delin (a first-time playwright), it is billed in my press kit as “A raw meditation on the gender wars, both facts and frictions.”
In 14 naught mini vignettes, (too many to develop characters), we view the age-old battle of the sexes, x-rated style! Siome scenes are sassy, seductive and hilarious, but others are offensively graphic and distasteful. Delin states, “My girlfriend fainted after reading the first draft, and after reading the second draft, she walked out on me.” I can see her point of view!
It is mostly beyond raunchy (and not for the easily offended), but the scenes that score better marks show strong potential for future scripts by Delin. To his credit, he has cast five promising and wildly attractive young newcomers, to act out his stories. They are: William Catlett IV, Travis Dixon, Amy Lucas, Jill Slattery, and Quin Walters. All offered lively, sexy, well-timed performances, my favorites being Catlett and Slattery.
The funniest and most clever scenes were: 1. “Battle of the Inches” - Two actors, clad only in towels at the gym (one gay/one straight), compare notes on member size and porn star salary potential. 2. “Very Cheesy” – A couple on a first date at the movies are joined by a stranger, who invades their privacy by sitting right next to them. His gastric outbursts become unbearable…and an unexpected ending bring the evening’s biggest laugh! 3. “Free Spirits” – When a guy buys a Playboy magazine from a female newsstand seller, she verbally attacks him for demeaning women for buying such trash. 4. “Party of Two” – He hosts a big surprise party for her to make a loving announcement in front of family and friends…and we are the guests. Very funny outcome!
The overall concept targets a young and very liberal audience (who may just get a kick out of it), but I strongly feel that “adult” theater goers will find it too offensive to be entertaining.
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