If you haven’t gotten the memo yet, I am doing the PR for Gym Shorts. It is five vignettes based on what I love to blog about…life. Except it’s based in the gym. Now this girl does not love going to the gym so being a part of this amazing creative team is the closest I am getting to a workout. And since Adam is my guest blogger this week, I will admit that I do about 4 minutes of yoga every day. That’s 4 more minutes than I did two months ago. What? I walk a lot.
Anyway, Gym Shorts is currently running at the 777 Theatre here in NYC. Tuesday, May 14th is Pay Your Age Night – just stop by the door, use the keyword ERIC, prove your age, pay in cash. Also, follow me on Twitter (@malinism) as I will be live tweeting on Thursday night.
And without further ado:
Right off Broadway are a motley, manly crew of actors performing their collective hearts out…well, maybe not that manly. “Gym Shorts” is a 90-minute play in five parts all set in a, (surprise!) a gym. The rugged, sweaty, testosterone-fumed gym. Yet soon the audience sees there is something very strangely askew…like the ever- unsaid relationship dynamics of this modern haven of muscle-mass are suddenly spoken. Loudly.
The nearly all male cast (with one woman, played by Cara Maltz) take us into the lives of “those that dwell at the gym.” One is jealous of another’s new spotter, while the shameful truth falls unceremoniously out of the bag of another man…spurring an oft-uncomfortable dialogue. Discussions heat up. Arguments. Threats. Neurosis. Anger. One trainer is fired, to the petulant dismay of his former student. Another dares to stray from the “typical” gym regimen, causing more ire.
Written and directed by Eric. S. Robertson, the characters’ cattiness becomes apparent throughout the stories. Deep seeded insecurities are brought to the fluorescent lights of the gym, with some genuinely funny results. Both the gym rats and detractors will have something to smile about in this farce. If you’re looking for an evening of highly energetic actors, good ole’ off-Broadway hijinks, and a surprisingly all-age friendly show (though kids will not get a lot of the humor), then check out “Gym Shorts.” The “Shorts” are gonna be pulled down real soon though, so best catch it while they’re still up!
Adam Kern, Creator and host of over 200 episodes of “Obsess This!”; a weekly talk radio program on arts, science, politics, and sports broadcast on Long Island’s oldest radio station, WGBB 1240 AM. Also host and engineer at Sportsradio NY (sportsradiony.com). Commercial/ Voiceover, television/ film actor. Yoga practitioner at Bamboomoves Forest Hills. Adam lives in Fresh Meadows, Queens.