Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Fringe 2015 Review: "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll"

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2015 at 12:45 PM

click image sexdrugsrockroll.jpg
“I have no guilt, because I’m not a human being. I’m a dog,” playwright Eric Bogosian wrote in his stinging one-man takedown of lacquered late-’80s groupthink in his 1990 play Sex Drugs Rock & Roll. But in this iteration, one helmed by Kangagirl Productions and starring longtime local stage phenomenon David Lee – seriously, people still get angry inches at his Hedwig – that proposed absence of humanity couldn’t be more distant from the truth.

Even at its outset a quarter-century ago, the off-Broadway play cast Bogosian (or he cast himself, rather) as the outsider with the insider’s mind, but still, watching Lee unravel and tighten throughout a series of monologues on a sparse set was almost more human than humanity itself.

Sure, it’s the dark stuff, the grumbles into the radio mic and the floor-crouched philosophy of the armchair philosopher – Bogosian intended it to be so, cloaking the play in the myth of sex, drugs and rock & roll and all of the joy that implies, and layering it with AIDS and abuse – but, as has become the norm with Lee’s thespian bloodletting, the dynamics are huge, the smiles spare, the truths loud and the meaning clear. Wear black.

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll
Eric Bogosian, David Lee
Venue: Pink
Length: 75 minutes
Rating: 13 and up
Price: $11

Tags: , , , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Related Locations


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 19, 2022

View more issues


© 2022 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation