★★★★| Boys in the Buff

REVIEW | Boys in the Buff, Stockwell Playhouse, London

If you want an entertaining, fun, sexy and scandalous night at the theatre, then Boys in the Buff is the show for you.

It’s a show that objectifies the male body, and a musical bacchanalia full of fabulous song and dance by a crew who don’t take the show, or themselves, too seriously – they’re having fun and they let the audience in on all the fun as well.

Natalie Harman as Diana is the hostess with the mostest – our compere for the evening. However, she, unfortunately, tells the boys what they can, and cannot do, and that means she demands that they don’t take their clothes off too soon in the show:(! But before they do the dirty and exciting deed, we are treated to song after song of camp musical numbers in a show that packs a lot into its 90 minutes runtime.

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Energetic and handsome William Frazer as Dan belts it out in the cute number “I Can Fly,” while the gang of men gets physical in “The Gym.” Shaun Riddick as Richard practically brings the house down in “My Foreskin and Me” and the hot and sexy and muscly Adam O’Shea gets to strut his stuff (along with his buff body) throughout the show which will have you screaming for more. And finally, there’s Phil (Julian Quijano), who soon finds the confidence to strip off for the audience.

It’s all done in a style that creates a cosy Chicago-style like cabaret show in a venue that’s perfect for its content – the Stockwell Playhouse (AKA Lost Theatre). Boys in the Buff is a musical revue with lots of skin on show that’s The Full Monty but with lots of laughs and thankfully some Monty.

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Boys in the Buff is playing at the Lost Theatre until July 29th

About the author: Tim Baros
Tim Baros writes film and theatre articles/ reviews for Pride Life and The American magazines and websites, as well as for Hereisthecity.com, Blu-RayDefinition.com and TheGayUK.com. He has also written for In Touch and TNT Magazines, SquareMile.com and LatinoLife.co.uk. He is a voting member for the UK Regional Critics Circle and the Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA – of which he is the UK representative). In addition, he has produced and directed two films: The Shirt and Rex Melville Desire: The Musical.