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Missionary Position

Steven Fales' earlier monodrama, the autobiographical Confessions of a Mormon Boy, told the tale of Fales' futile attempts to escape his homosexuality, his doomed marriage, his excommunication from the Mormon Church, a brief career as a male prostitute, drug addiction, rehabilitation, and his theatrical career as "a gay Mormon chorus boy." It was, in its way, an epic tale, but this, the second installment of his Mormon Boy Trilogy, is more like a comic footnote. It examines the two years he spent as a Mormon missionary in Portugal. Sexually frustrated, still in denial about his homosexuality and desperately trying to maintain his Mormon beliefs, he took refuge in hard work, unconsummated crushes, fantasies, and rationalizations. Though he clearly considers the beliefs and rituals of the Church of Latter Day Saints absurd, Fales knows Mormonism from the inside. Born into a sixth generation Mormon family, he was indoctrinated from birth, and despite his antagonism toward that Church (particularly in the wake of its vast and possibly illegal financial support for the campaign to pass Proposition 8), he retains a kind of rueful, bemused affection for its follies. An attractive, engaging performer, and an able raconteur, he can be very funny. Celebration Theatre, 7051 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m.; through Feb. 22. (323) 957-1884 or www.tix.com.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Jan. 9. Continues through Feb. 22, 2009


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