Home / Adult / Porn to be a Star – Stonewall Inn, New York
2018 New Year Advertising Deal
[Porn to be a Star] [Stonewall Inn, NYC] (c)David Ayllon

Porn to be a Star – Stonewall Inn, New York

Writer: Chris Harder

Director: David Drake

Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers

Pornography and burlesque star Chris Harder comes to the Stonewall Inn with his latest one-man show, Porn to be a Star. A variety narrative with Harder portraying himself, other porn stars, gossip show hosts, directors, his mother, and Bushwick gender revolutionaries, among others, Porn to be a Star feels like the next chapter of Harder’s #BigBrightStar from earlier this year. 

Harder puts his traditional theatre training to excellent use in this production, fueling campy antics with genuine heart and vulnerability. He turns expectations (and himself) upside down. Audience interaction is organic, character caricatures are exaggerated without being garish, and Harder’s timing under the direction of David Drake is perfection. In one scene, he plays similar looking Irish porn stars fighting with one another, and works the trope of leaping from one position to another and altering his voice without making the bit feel trite or amateurish. It is a rare performer that can serve lazzi, sincerity, and sex appeal simultaneously, and Harder does it with natural charm and joy.

The normalization and embracing of sex and the sex industry is refreshing and important, but Harder doesn’t shy away from the less-sparkly trappings of the industry, like drug abuse, risk of injury, flash-in-the-pan short-term career prospects, and dwindling pay rates. In Porn to be a Star, the problems exist, but they are not insurmountable hindrances. Onstage and off, Harder clearly loves his craft. As a porn star, a burlesque performer, an actor, and a writer, Chris Harder is undoubtedly a star. Porn to be a Star is stellar and sexy, and not to be missed.

Runs until 7 December 2017 | Image: David Ayllon

Writer: Chris Harder Director: David Drake Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Pornography and burlesque star Chris Harder comes to the Stonewall Inn with his latest one-man show, Porn to be a Star. A variety narrative with Harder portraying himself, other porn stars, gossip show hosts, directors, his mother, and Bushwick gender revolutionaries, among others, Porn to be a Star feels like the next chapter of Harder’s #BigBrightStar from earlier this year.  Harder puts his traditional theatre training to excellent use in this production, fueling campy antics with genuine heart and vulnerability. He turns expectations (and himself) upside down. Audience interaction is organic, character…

Review Overview

The Reviews Hub score

A Star is Porn!

About The Reviews Hub - America

The Reviews Hub - America
The American team is under the editorship of Jamie Rosler. TThe Reviews Hub was set up in 2007. Our mission is to provide the most in-depth, nationwide arts coverage online.

Do you agree? Leave a comment