Alec Mapa's delightfully funny solo show centers on his and husband Jamie's adoption of son Zion.
Mapa begins the performance with a stand-up set referencing recent events -- including Anderson Cooper's public coming out, which provides some of the best lines of the whole evening. But soon enough, he shifts gears to talk about the primary topic of the show: his and husband Jamie's adoption of their son, Zion.
Parenthood wasn't always foremost in this couple's minds. However, the combination of a midlife crisis for Mapa and multiple seminars on adoption while on a gay and lesbian cruise led to their 2010 adoption of Zion, a five-year-old African-American boy from Compton.
As a performer, Mapa has an abundance of charm, wit, and style. And as a writer, he knows how to craft his tales for maximum comic mileage. He can be incredibly raunchy, detailing certain aspects of his and Jamie's sex life or talking about gay porn. But there's also a sentimental streak to his work that is endearing, particularly when it comes to talking about Zion.