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Eric Bogosian

Franklin Furnace

Men Inside was a 45-minute solo performance by Eric Bogosian, whose work has for several years been concerned with male/female sexual relations. Gender was the central theme in his most recent piece, which was composed of 15 short monologues describing desires, attitudes, actions and self-images of 12 male characters.

Bogosian used no elaborate set, only a raised platform with a chair and a few other props on it. The artist was dressed in a simple sweater, suit and tie. Working with gesture, body language, voice, light and occasionally music to which he would dance, Bogosian transformed himself into various characters: a nightclub singer/comedian, a street tough, a swinging single, a happily married man, a heroin addict, a cat-loving homebody, an impotent lover, a rodeo rider, a rock star and so on.

There were no female characters in this work, but their absence was a strong presence; they

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