Chicago Fringe Festival presents EVEN GOD KNEW I WAS GAY Review – Perma-grins for the Horny

EVEN GOD KNEW I WAS GAY
Jilberto Soto Photo: Stephen B. Starr

Jilberto Soto plays on the politics of identity for a full throttle session of stand up comedy performed at the Chicago Fringe Festival September 9 and 10. Being gay, Mexican and funny make for an hour of perma-grins for those who enjoy sexual puns and politically incorrect affront to the idiosyncrasies of race.

Dazed and Exposed at Chicago Fringe Festival

Jilberto Soto exudes a Latin-swarthy, dimpled, wide-eyed comedian’s stance from the starting gate. Clearly, he was born to be comic and wield double entendre deftly. Being a light-skinned Latino, he’s fearless in poking fun at the privilege this buys him. As a brand-conscious teenager, Soto’s parents take the ribbing for providing all the clothing one logo short of cool. And his name… Jilberto. What’s a Mexican mother thinking?

Soto’s stories of migrating to Italy and then to London are woven into his search for identity. He’s even just arriving from a self-empowering retreat. None of these forays into his personal journey escape his penchant for finding the funny bone in every foible of his quest. We get a full on look at life as an American Latino in London… hilariously millennial.

A Post-gay Gayness

Clearly Soto experiences his gay sexuality with the mischievous machinations that will delight any one who knows the experience of the perpetually horny male. The discovery of his predilection for men is hard won — a story oft told in our current culture. But on a slide at recess facing a female’s genitalia? Or at his first lap dance run amok by a belly button ring caught in his sweater?

Soto’s libidinous charm does not escape the sacred cows of the Catholic Church. Likely only those fully indoctrinated into Catholicism have the liberty to have as much fun in this arena. He makes you laugh before you can catch yourself. He makes you squirm. Both are a delight — a must have for any Chicago Fringe Festival performance.

EVEN GOD KNEW I WAS GAY
Jilberto Soto Photo courtesy of Jilberto Soto

Jilberto Soto’s hour of comedy is laced with story and self-deprecating, provocative naughtiness. His honest deviltry is disarming and beguiling. You’ll be charmed while you laugh.

EVEN GOD KNEW I WAS GAY
Jilberto Soto Photo: Stephen B. Starr

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When:

September 9, 2017 @ 7PM
September 10, 2017 @ 5:30PM

Where:

Chicago Fringe Festival
Windy City Music Theater – Blackbox Studio
5340 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago

Where:

Chicago Fringe Festival
Windy City Music Theater – Blackbox Studio
5340 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago

Tickets:

$10 with one time purchase of a Fringe Festival button. Visit www.chicagofringe.org for reservations. Tickets available at the performance venue subject to availability.

Stephen B. Starr
Stephen B. Starr Photo: Eric Ramirez

About the Author:

Stephen B. Starr is Principal of Stephen B. Starr Design, Inc., a design and communication consultancy in Evanston, IL. Stephen is a former president of the Chicago Creative Coalition, organizer for the Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group and founder and organizer of the Chicago Web Professionals. Stephen is nurtured creatively by the fine art of story-telling — especially in the theater. As a college journalism major, he has since followed the siren’s call of poetry and short story writing in his free time. He is interested in the wisdom of indigenous spiritual traditions and seeks inspiration in natural settings by gardening, camping, hiking and biking.

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