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Genet Porno **1/2

                                         GENET PORNO at HERE

                                            By: Patrick Christiano
Genet Porno, a work by Yvan Greenberg based on Jean Genet’s 1943 novel about a cross-dressing gay prostitute named Divine, is actually a mash of the novel, considered pornographic when first published, and a porn star’s YouTube diary. Oleg Dubson plays the transsexual Divine and is extraordinary in the central role of the tortured porn star. Unfortunately he is upstaged by two over-sized dildos for most of the evening.

Oleg Dubson

                                         GENET PORNO at HERE

                                            By: Patrick Christiano
Genet Porno, a work by Yvan Greenberg based on Jean Genet’s 1943 novel about a cross-dressing gay prostitute named Divine, is actually a mash of the novel, considered pornographic when first published, and a porn star’s YouTube diary. Oleg Dubson plays the transsexual Divine and is extraordinary in the central role of the tortured porn star. Unfortunately he is upstaged by two over-sized dildos for most of the evening.

Oleg Dubson

The intriguing concept by Yvan Greenberg for the Laboratory Theater is directed, choreographed and designed by him, along with credits for sound design, video projection, and scenic concept. Apparently Greenberg wants to be taken seriously, however, his main point is made early and the evening becomes a redundant exercise in continuous dildo waving. Mr. Greenberg stages Divine’s story from the novel during a present day production of a gay porn video, however merged with elements from the confessional blog of a real-life porn star.

Mr. Geenberg also appears in the production both as an actor named Damon Dogg, shooting the porn video called "Treasure of Flesh," and as the prostitute Our Lady. Joe Joseph plays a pimp and a soldier. All of the characters become a part of Divine’s confessional in which the actors lip sync to a voice over that includes parts of Genet, along with visualized scenes of all sorts of pretend sexual intercourse with the dildos. There are simulated scenes of fellatio, masturbation, anal sex, and ejaculations with a white liquid squirting enormous amounts of fluid, apparently from the dildos.

There is a surprisingly terrific sound track that makes use of music by Ravel, Debussy, along with great disco pop songs. The choreography is fluid and one of the best parts of the evening, along with Oleg Duson’s tormented Divine.

Genet’s novel is an erotic dream, lyrical and insane. Mr. Greenberg’s long and redundant "Genet Porno" is really immature and trivial. Merging the stories is indeed a witty concept pounded home by the two phallic symbols.

GENET PORNO is developed and produced as part of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), with addition aid provided by the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, Axe-Houghton Foundation, and Mertz Gilmore Late Stage Production Fund.

Genet Porno is now playing at HERE, 145 Sixth Ave, downtown just below Spring Street through September 26. For tickets or more information call 212-352-3101 or go to www.here.org
Photos: Paula Court
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Joe Joseph, Oleg Dubson
Joe Joseph, Yvan Greenberg, Oleg Dubson