Missionary Position

Missionary Position

This is the second part of Steven Fales' Mormon Boy Trilogy, which is now running in full spectrum on different nights at the Hudson Backstage Theater. This segment is more blithe than the others, as Fales devotes a good deal of running time telling of his activities as a missionary in Portugal, and the often humorous events and ceremonies that occurred beforehand. Fales has poster-boy good looks, an instantly disarming smile and the beckoning sort of personality that makes this 90-minute show easy listening. But it's not all smiles and cheer, especially when he touches on issues about his gradual alienation from the church, his homosexuality and the attendant doubts and anguishes. With nothing but a large portable tool box for props, he draws his audience into a vibrant landscape of characters, places and humorous experiences. If you've ever wondered what goes on in those resplendent Mormon temples, here's your chance to find out. We are treated to the inner workings of an "endowment" ceremony, complete with toga and a fig-leaf apron for the naughty parts. If there's a glitch here, it's in Fales' tendency to ramble, but that hardly detracts from what is a darn good show. Hudson Guild Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 p.m.; through May 26. plays411.com/mormonboy.
Sun., April 22, 5 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Starts: April 22. Continues through May 26, 2012

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