- by Aaron Berg
SF Bay Guardian March 24, 2004 (Lara Shalson)
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- Anabolic steroids may produce bodies of Greek god-like dimensions,
but in the process, they reduce certain of the body's attributes to childlike
proportions. This is one lesson to be gleaned from Aaron Berg's solo comedy
about his experiences working as a body builder, prostitute, and stripper.
Considering that he's speaking from personal experience, this may be too
much information. But it's the perfect metaphor for Berg's tell-all, confessional,
self-deprecating mode of autobiographical performance. It captures the
irony at the heart of Berg's tales about being a privileged Jewish boy
from the suburbs who thought street life would be glamorous, who thought
turning tricks would impress the girls by making him rich but found instead
that he wound up paying for sex as often as he got paid for it. Berg is
a dynamic performer and a great storyteller who is often quite hilarious.
However, he overestimates the provocative power of politically incorrect
humor, and his stories are frequently less shocking or unconventional than
they strive to be.
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