What began as a trip to meet his British boyfriends’ parents turned into a trip to Russia. Not only was it a trip to Moscow, but also it was two weeks of freedom to walk the streets of the city as his partner, an English-immersion teacher, immersed himself in his work.
Three years ago, I spent a week in NYC at the Crown Plaza on Times Square while my wife worked. It gave me the freedom to walk the streets, talk to people, and discover the area. It wasn’t Moscow, but I think I understand. It might be the most enlightening week I’ve spent on the road.
What is this Show?
Is Les Kurkendaal a storyteller, comedian, or actor? The answer is yes, he’s a consummate entertainer, but that’s not what’s important. The story is what matters. I’m not black, I’m not gay, and I’ve never been to Russia. However, I could relate, and I could learn. Les shared how faced with homophobia in Russia he learned to appreciate the freedoms he had in America. In Russia gays must hide who they love, never speak of their sexuality, and always be vigilant of who they’re conversing with.
Did You Talk Politics in the Politburo?
If you’d like more background and insight, I suggest you read his interview (link below) with Nuvo. Here’s one segment, “Here’s the funny thing. Not one person mentioned politics to me. Because in Russia, they don’t talk politics because you never know who’s going to be listening to you. So, I did not discuss politics once when I was there. [But] when it came to LGBT issues, I did have discussions with people about that. I address that in the show because I met people in the gay community.” — Nuvo — Les Kurkendaal Returns to IndyFringe
You have three more opportunities to see this show and you should. You’ll laugh, you’ll commiserate, you’ll learn, and you’ll be entertained and what else could you ask for? Run don’t walk.
Tuesday Aug 21st, 9:00PM
Thursday Aug 23rd, 7:30PM
Sunday Aug 26th, 7:30PM