Slut (R)evolution- Review 2

Meaghan Flaherty

                Sex positivity is a very important matter which should be brought up more through media and art. Slut (R)evolution aims to bring these issues to the forefront and begin a sexual revolution. Written and performed by Cameryn Moore, Slut (R)evolution tells the story of Moore’s sexual growth throughout her life from when she learns to masturbate as a teenager, to the present, when she has met a man through the internet after a very long relationship with a woman. She begins the piece by telling the audience about her internet dating experiences, then flips into memory scenes that show important moments in her sexual history and growth as her story progresses. The plot is filled with interesting details and hilarious stories about Moore’s sexuality and her experiences; a lot of people can relate to the things she brings up, such as exploring sexuality in a house that was very religious, and being inadvertently self-destructive in sexual experiences.

Despite the interesting plot and very intriguing subject matter, something about the show felt slightly off. I wanted to love this show because I believe in its message so strongly, but the way the scenes flipped or perhaps the delivery of the memories, it didn’t allow me to fully absorb myself in the moment. As Moore would flip into the memories, she told the story as if it were happening right then but only from her perspective, giving the audience a one-sided dialogue. This was interesting at first but by the third time it occurred, I was pretty done with the format, especially since Moore would then explain the scene we had just watched after the memory was over. The repetitive nature of her story telling just didn’t fully work in this context.

The direction by Elizabeth DuPré was wonderful. The transitions between the present Moore talking to the audience and the memory scenes were wonderful as snap lighting was used to create the changes, which were subtle enough to slightly change the tone to that of the coming scene. There was also some very cool staging, my favorite being the scene where Moore is a teenager masturbating to a “dirty book”. Moore was under a white sheet with the book and a dildo with light coming from behind so we could see just enough and to create some really cool shadowing.

Overall I enjoyed Slut (R)evolution; it was funny, truthful, relatively engaging, and well worth the 10 dollars. The most important thing to take away from this show is the sex positive and kink positive messaging. These matters aren’t explored enough in theater, and shows like this help to pave the way to a future of sexual positivity and understanding.

Written and Performed by Cameryn Moore

Directed by Elizabeth DuPré

Playing at the Arts Court Theater