This comedy set in San Francisco in the early 80’s explores the lives of 6 people involved in the gay porn industry. One of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history, Making Porn has been seen in most major American cities as well as multiple productions overseas.
6 actors: 5 men 1 woman
Ray Tanner, 25-40
Arthur Mack 35-50
Jack Hawk, 20-30
2 hours with 1 Intermission
Wilton Theater Factory
Wilton Manors, FL 2019
NEW YORK TIMES
"Uninhibited comedy! Street level exuberance!"
"Porn is good dirty fun." Backstage
"Deftly chisels a tale of desire and power."
"Hilarious crowd-pleaser...unexpected poignancy."
"A delicious and daffy look at the x-rated movie business."
SF BAY TIMES
"Delightful, funny, poignant, cleverly written, well directed, and impressively acted."
"Making Porn is made well…light and comic, even tender."
DETROIT FREE PRESS
"Two quick hours of wrenching laughs."
"Hilarious writing…Larsen’s script is cutting and bright."
"Wicked humor and touching performances."
"Unequivocally the best new gay play we’ve seen in a long time."
"Witty humor, satiric sex simulations, and unexpected tenderness."
"A fascinating combination of sleaze and sentimentality...Remarkable."
GAY AND LESBIAN TIMES
"Smash hit! Delivers all the entertainment gay theatre should give."
GOLDSTAR AUDIENCE REVIEWS
"In the last 20 years, I have seen 3 different productions of this play. It's no wonder why it ran Off-Broadway for so long. Hilarious, but also thought provoking. I absolutely loved this cast! Really terrific actors - all of them! DEFINITELY RECOMMEND!"
"Hysterically funny...I don't remember when I laughed so hard. Well cast...excellent performances by all...I brought a friend who also laughed uncontrollably....do yourself a favor...do not miss out on this outrageous comedy..."
"Honest, funny. Dive into a niche area of the movie business."
FRED H JOHNSON JR.
"Didn't know what to expect. I expected a play that probably wouldn't be appropriate for the local church social, and in that I found my expectation confirmed. But I was pleasantly surprised to find a play with much more substance than I anticipated. The aspect I liked best (no spoiler here) was that at one point the characters got themselves into a situation not unlike the situations that Frasier and Niles occasionally got themselves into in that well-known sitcom, "Frasier." The situation they had landed in was totally ridiculous, but the characters had no choice but to take it absolutely seriously. I found it side-splitting. The actors were all well cast and all did a great job. There were no weak links as can sometimes be found in regional theatre. In summary, a great night at the theatre."
"Outstanding in every way."
"'Making Porn’ is an eye-popping look in to the funny and sordid world of that industry. The author Ronnie Larsen (Director), who plays the writer, producer, director slithers around the actors and his love interest throughout the play. He delivers his lines with sledgehammer 'understatement' to great comic effect. His ranting and raving is worth the price of admission. Adam Chisnall (Jamie) is the Director’s partner (of sorts) and assistant who is driven crazy by the Director’s directionless instructions. Jamie's facial expressions, while talking with the Director, is evidence of their toxic and insane relationship. Richie Stone (Ricky) is an innocent guy all too eager to get into porn. His comic timing is addictive especially when he receives an award. Richie Stone and Kyle Duggan (Jack) have a police car scene that shouldn't be missed! Kyle Duggan's character aches to become a legitimate actor, but sides into porn on a track greased by his ambitious wife Linda. Bridget Haberecht (Linda) plays a mousy character until she inhales the scent of money, and then she begins pimping her unwilling husband further into porn. BTW, after seeing this show, you’ll never look at a carton of milk the same way. See the show to find out why. Justin Younts (Ray), who has strong stage presence, plays a jaded porn star who appears to have heard/seen/done it all. It's all a big yawn for him, but the show must go on or should it? He and the Director clash non-stop for good reason. He knows the Director is a sycophant to money no matter the cost. He delivers his lines with droll sarcasm, sulfuric eye-rolls and withering side-glances, punctuating his lines with the crack of a riding crop. Ouch! ‘Making Porn’ pinballs from comic, to thought provoking and soul crushing, and finally to redemption. 'This' performance with 'this' cast must not be missed."
"I thought it was VERY funny and the actors were WAAAY ABOVE what can be expected in a small play production.
I couldn’t have been happier. YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO SEE THIS PRODUCTION!"
"One of the best shows here yet!"
"Amazing that it was written by Ronnie Larsen 25 years ago. It is still a hit today!"
"This show is a delight! I saw the original production in NY and this intimate theater along with a very talented cast made it even better. All of the actors were terrific! Thank you, Ronnie!"
"Great show. Very funny and at the same time with a deep message! Loved the venue."
"Hilariously funny! Very well acted and executed storyline! Love that, given that the play was about making porn, the characters actually appeared nude! "
"Loved the actors and the storyline. I didn't know what to expect with a title like that but I was thoroughly impressed and laughed like there was no tomorrow!!"
"Fun evening with lots of laughs in a charming small theater. Cast was superb and friendly. Can't wait to return for another show."
"Great performance, entertaining, heartfelt. Nice mix of comedy and drama. Kept your attention throughout the entire show. Great job to the writer, and the entire cast! Job well done by all!!"
"Great show, very funny, cast is spot on. Ronnie out did himself with this production.
If you want to have fun time out with lots of laughs, don't miss this show. You won't be sorry."
"I've seen this production here twice with different friends....loved it just as much the second time around. Funny and thought provoking."
"It was a great show!!! Loved it!!!"