Michael Aronov's solo show is dynamically performed but the writing too often relies on stereotypes.
One exception is Sasha, a lonely Eastern European muscle man with Old World ideals of respect and self-sacrifice and a refreshingly honest view of himself. For example, he's not afraid to admit his discomfort with gay people; but in a charming moment of self-effacement, he observes how the structure of his hands compares to his beloved father's. "Mine are like his," he notes, fondly, "but a miniature woman's version." Sasha's feminine ideal, incidentally, is Marilyn Monroe in a long, conservative dress -- sexy and confident, but respectful and mysterious.
A little of that mystery and dimension would actually have been welcome in some of Aronov's other characters. That would include a slam poet who preaches a predictable gospel that is equal parts "Scared Straight" and class revolt, and a couple of archetypically nerdy guys: one is a slightly creepy penny collector who delivers his monologue while sitting on a toilet, while the other is an insecure young man with his pants yanked up above the waist who is fond of self-help mantras.
We also meet Rick, a wild, hedonistic character who has the audience in titters as he proclaims, "Celebrate this earth!" while flicking lint from his navel. Aronov seems to be attempting to conjure a ravenous, Dionysian figure here, exhorting us to embrace life. But when all is said and done, Rick merely comes across as a one-dimensional jerk trying too hard to shock us.
Even Chacha, a Jewish drag performer who describes herself as a "cocky whore," offers nothing particularly new to that character type, although she gets in a saucy wisecrack here and there. Chacha's back story has its moments, such as her wry acknowledgment of the men (including her father) who molested her as a child, "making me, shaking me into an artist that no one can touch." But when she muses that she might have dated ladies were it not for those abusive men, a little more of a complex follow-up to that controversial thought would have been welcome.