October 23, 2019 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Immerse Yourself in “Electricity” for Palm Springs Pride

If you’ve found yourself in a haze of ennui over L.A.’s theater scene (how many times can you see Hamilton at the Pantages, really?} then perhaps it’s time to take yourself down to Palm Springs’ gay resort, INNdulge, where an immersive performance of Steven Rosenbaum’s Electricity is sure to reinvigorate your thespianic zeal just in time for Greater Palm Springs Pride. Though the play ran for eleven weeks in Los Angeles, with an encore at the Hollywood Fringe Theater Festival, this new Palm Springs milieu is sure to bring heightened drama to an already sexually-charged play.

With the majority of the narrative taking place in a hotel room, the audience acts as the ultimate fly on the wall viewers. As main characters Gary (Terry Ray) and Brad (Mel England) re-explore a spark that flourishes between them after showing up to their ten year reunion in a small town in Ohio, the thrill of voyeurism thrives as onlookers learn of Gary and Brad’s incredible tale. In his stead as both principal actor and playwright, Terry Ray brings a unique perspective to the story, commenting of the play’s resonance with gay men who came of age in the 70s and 80s, “We started  from a place where silence equaled death to one where equality might actually be a reality.” In this regard, it makes plenty of sense that Gary would feel so repressed about his sexuality so as to create the lie of having a wife. Brad, on the other extreme of coping mechanisms, numbs his tortured spirit with sex, drugs and alcohol. Their yin and yang nature is, of course, what continues to draw them to one another decade after decade.

Turning their hotel encounter into something of a tradition for three subsequent reunions (Romy and Michele would never,) the electricity between them proves a riveting delight to watch, in addition to its often bittersweet tone. While the opening of the play begins in the lobby of INNdulge, where the audience will have a participatory role as “extras” at the high school reunion, Gary and Brad then go to their hotel room, during which time the audience is to follow. Subsequently, the intimate space makes for a truly enveloping and hypnotic experience.

Performances of Electricity take place October 25-26 and November 9-11 at INNdulge (601 S. Grenfall Road, Palm Springs). 7:30pm reception/8:00pm show. The play is ninety minutes with no intermission, and has an eighteen and over age restriction as, thank God, there will be nudity.  $50.00 tickets are available at www.ElectricityThePlay.com.

P.S. If you’re a guest of INNdulge, you’ll get a 50 percent discount on tickets, so you might want to think about indulging in that getaway sooner rather than later.

Related Posts

Dinah Weekend, Here We Come!

April 4, 2019

April 4, 2019

Break out your bikinis and board shorts, ladies because Dinah Weekend is upon us. This five-day celebration for queer women...

Palm Springs Police Looking for Suspect in Gay Bar Shooting

March 25, 2019

March 25, 2019

The Palm Springs Police Dept. is looking for an unidentified man who shot two people while outside popular gay bar...

The Most Anticipated Films Out of the HUMP! Festival

March 7, 2019

March 7, 2019

Dan Savage’s short-form porn fest celebrates its 14th year. Everyone has their own special relationship to porn. Some adore it....

CALENDAR 11/16 – 11/29: The best goings-on around and about L.A., period.

November 14, 2018

November 14, 2018

Closing Weekend: “Members Only” When: Now through November 18 Where: Los Angeles Theatre Center What: “Members Only” is a play...

CALENDAR 11/2/18 – 11/15/18: The Best LGBTQ+ Events, Workshops in and Around Los Angeles

November 1, 2018

November 1, 2018

Transgender Resume Quickshop When: Friday, Nov. 2 from 2-4 p.m. Where: Trans Wellness Center, Los Angeles What: It is specifically...

Palm Springs is Ready for Pride! Are You?

October 31, 2018

October 31, 2018

What better way to end LGBT History Month than with a Pride Festival for the books. That’s right, it is...

CALENDAR: 10/20 – 11/4: The best LGBTQ+ goings-on around and about SoCal, period.

October 20, 2018

October 20, 2018

WeHo Dodgeball Annual Charity Halloween Tourney When: Saturday, Oct. 20 Where: 7600 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles What: Dress in silly...

COLUMN: Living in the Safest LGBTQ+ City in the United States

October 12, 2018

October 12, 2018

By Elijah Root-Sanchez Waking up and watching the news each morning can be exhausting. There is a constant battle  for...

(CALENDAR 9/21 – 10/4) The best LGBTQ+ goings-on around and about L.A. and SoCal

September 21, 2018

September 21, 2018

Palm Springs Diverse Cinema When: September 20-23 Where: Camelot Theatre, Palm Springs What: LGBTQ+ Film Festival Why: Representation on the...

CALENDAR: The best LGBTQ+ goings-on around and about L.A., period.

September 6, 2018

September 6, 2018

PROUD Picnic + Movie Night When: Saturday, September 8 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Where: Grand Park, Los Angeles What:...

Palm Springs Pride Announces This Year’s Pride Honors Awards Recipients

August 20, 2018

August 20, 2018

The organization behind Palm Springs Pride will recognize seven local residents as award recipients at the Pride Honors Awards at...

Toucans Tiki Lounge to Maintain fun Gay Club Notoriety under New Owners

August 13, 2018

August 13, 2018

Beloved Palm Springs gay nightclub Toucans Tiki Lounge is expected to stay true to its past, even under new management...

Golden Girls Team to Produce “Silver Foxes”

April 12, 2018

April 12, 2018 4

Super Deluxe is developing a show about Gay Senior Citizens in Palm Springs.