Fierce Love | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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The Pomo Afro Homos are three living organisms whose distinguishing social characteristics are nicely encapsulated in the group's name. These days, of course, those characteristics are also pathologies, a fact that lays the groundwork for the 12 stories that make up the Fierce Love performance cycle. The stories deal with everything you'd expect them to: love and hate, denial and loneliness, pain and (you bet) pleasure. Some are dopey, one is steamy, but most are devastatingly funny, whether it's a cluster-bomb attack on In Living Color's stereotypical queers or a rap song on the complications of modern gay fashion accoutrements ("A red bandana / means fuck me"). The three guys--Brian Freeman, Bernard Branner, and Eric Gupton--write and direct their work, and they're all accomplished actors and comedians. Best of all, they keep perspective: they dress up as queens themselves every chance they get, think anonymous sex is fine if it's with the right guy, and suggest that the best way not to get fucked over by someone is not to turn the other cheek. Randolph Street Gallery, June 12 through 14 (756 N. Milwaukee, 666-7737). Friday and Sunday, 8 PM; Saturday, 8 and 10 PM. $10.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Jill Posener.

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