In 1998, long before the rise of the blogosphere, myfirsttime.com was created by Peter Foldy and Craig Stuart, which allowed posters to anonymously share their true stories about first-time sex. The site became the jumping-off point for this Off Broadway confessional, which since 2007 has packed in crowds eager to empathetically conjoin with a cast of actors talking about their very first sexual experiences. Ken Davenports series of testimonials sets up not unlike The Vagina Monologues: One after the other, players assume various characters and describe the circumstances under which they lost their virginity. Humor abounds, of courseawkward sex is funny, yes?but poignant and stiff-upper-lip episodes are also recounted, dealing with peer pressure, incest, date rape and other unpleasantries, as are the painful memories of men and women who could never get laid at all. Theres even reportage from the field from virgins who are saving themselves for marriage. Sex both hetero and homo gets tweaked equally, and the play promises an amalgam of wide-ranging emotional flashpoints. Audience members contribute tidbits about their first experiences by filling out cards on their way into the theater (no names, please), and these, along with video interviews with locals, are incorporated into the production. The direction is by Jessika Malone, who states, The play is frank in its discussion of sex and sexuality. Parents should use their discretion for those under 17. The cast includes Jaclyn Johnson, Joy Tilley Perryman, Emily Fleming, Brandon Hirsch, Will McKinney and Chris Basso. Given Actors Bridge Ensembles history in militantly presenting TVM, this oneneedless to say, a Nashville premierelooks right up their alley.
Thursdays-Sundays, 7 & 10 p.m. Starts: Oct. 2. Continues through Oct. 10, 2009