Photos by Krista DeJulio
Krista DeJulio – 1851 Staff
“Phallacies,” a play on words made to sound like the combination of fallacy and phallic, challenges what it means to be a man and to be masculine in our society. The all male cast consisted of six men from diverse ethnic backgrounds to showcase all different stereotypes of men. The performance had 15 acts and all of the acts denounced ways men are “supposed” to act and behave. It challenged the way men act towards women from cat calling and slurs to domestic violence.
The performers had the entire audience laughing at times, with ridiculous ways of being masculine and with erotic jokes, but also tackled serious issues such as rape. The show is true and honest.
The show’s most purposeful and funny act is “Hugging 101.” It teaches men how to “properly” hug their male friends. Co-director Tom Schiff and the performers showed the audience how men hug using certain techniques that require hardly any actual physical contact. “No one will ever question their masculinity or their sexuality,” says Schiff during the act. The act’s purpose is to show that most men are not comfortable enough with their sexuality to hug their male friends whole-heartedly.
Another act, entitled “This is Not a Bromance,” makes the bold statement that the term “bromance” is insensitive. “I hate that phrase. I hate it because it cheapens what we are. It makes light of our friendship,” says performer Yevin Roh. When asked why the group did not like the term “bromance,” and made it clear to the audience to never use that term. Performer Nelson Klein said, “It mocks friendship and the show is really about homophobia.” The show also has an act where a gay man is reading a letter he wrote to his father thanking him for accepting him the way he is, showing that acceptance is the first step.
The show conveys that the social construct is hard for men and not just women. Attendee Grace Hogan said after seeing the show, “It was a thought-provoking show. I saw things from a male perspective thanks to “Phallacies.” It showed many of the issues men face today in a very real way.”