WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:
Sex Toys, was an excellent launch into "Sexual Health Week" at SFU. Norman used a brilliant mixture of humour and frank discussion to carry the messages of healthy sexuality, open communication, and positive relationships. After the show, in his soft-spoken and sincere way, he once again touched on the key issues. This approach ended the evening in a thoughtful and optimistic way.
Brenda Kent, Health Education Coordinator Health, counselling &
Career Centre, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
A hilarious, yet sensitive artist
The Life Network TV
A message that touches the G-spot
- The London Free Press
Playful & sensitive....Nawrockis shows dont
- The Globe & Mail,
A popular performer....helps educate Canadian
students about sexuality.
- The Times Higher Educational
Its provocative, but its
also highly entertaining & dare we say, educational...Nawrocki
is one of the most refreshing souls youll ever encounter
- The Gazette, Montreal
Real & relevant & damn funny...masterfully switches
characters taking the audience on a hilarious, sexual romp...highly
informative, encourages understanding & tolerance.
- The Peak, Simon Fraser
Delightful... inventive, honest & in good taste ...a strong
feminist message. The power of SEX TOYS! is stereotypes
are destroyed and you dont know what to expect...his energy
level is through the roof!
- The McGill Tribune,
'During an hour-long performance that led
to a standing ovation, I watched couples in the audience start t
cuddle & get tender as this sex-ed dervish went from character
- HOUR Magazine, Montréal
Thank you for a terrific show.
Well, it's more like a terrific "experience" -- you do
amazing work that affects people well beyond the event itself.
I'm sure you are a life-changer."
-Sherry Taylor, Human
Rights Officer Sir Sandford Fleming College, Peterborough
Outrageously funny, playful yet educational
- The Phoenix, Kelowna
Another fantastic show. Wow!
Medford, Residence Life Programmer,
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
hilarious performance punctuated with messages of respect for all
persons of all sexual orientations. Normans show will live
with you long after the actual performance.
- Shirley Winlaw-Tierney,
Human Rights Officer, Mount Royal College, Calgary
The show was very well received
- Stefan Goulet, Programmer,
University of Winnipeg
Learning and education can be boring
or exciting, and your shows most definitely are exciting. The work
you do is soooo important and sooooo valuable and most importantly,
soooo well received. Keep it up!
-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
& Transgendered Club,
Memorial University, St Johns Newfoundland
'I enjoyed it immensely as did my Women's Studies students'
Yetman, Sexual Harassment Advisor,
Memorial University, St John's Newfoundland
hilarious, educational & subversive'
- ELLE Quebec
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TOYS! is Norman's Nawrocki's one-man
educational comedy cabaret about gay/straight/bi
sex & sexuality.
Provocative, challenging, taboo-busting, brash & funny. The
third in his series of humorous - but critical - cabaret shows exploring
the politics of human sexuality.
Zeros in on what we need to know to enjoy loving, healthy, sexual
relationships with others & ourselves.
is a self-help look at how to have safe, happy, respectful sex.
Allows audiences to laugh at popular misconceptions & rethink
their own sexual views & practices. Debunks stereotypes &
myths about 'normal', dominant sexual concepts.
Will help reduce inhibitions & prejudices, sexual guilt &
shame. Comes with a 'show & tell' of giant sex toys! Guaranteed
to get people to think & question sexual attitudes & practices.
Encourages them to consider healthier, happier alternatives.
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is fun, but serious; raunchy, yet sensitive. It's anti-sexist,
Will satisfy everybody's curiosity too! Like his previous shows,
'I Don't Understand Women!' & 'My
Dick & other manly tales,' 'SEX TOYS'
is a high energy presentation designed to entertain & educate.
is based on Norman's interviews with hundreds of friends, colleagues
& strangers; gay & straight, young & old, men & women. They include
sex trade workers, counselors, therapists, medical professionals,
'sex' advocates & other educators. Their stories & experiences,
insights & observations have been translated into easily recognizable
everyday situations & characters.
Norman also worked with a 'consultative committee' of like-minded
professionals (writers, actors, educators, therapists, etc.) to
oversee the production of the script & ensure its accuracy & usefulness
for the general public.
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uses theater, prerecorded music, monologues, vaudeville, hilarious
giant props, slapstick & his trademark zany characterizations
to get his messages across.
The result: another hilarious,
'giant talking cartoon-like cabaret',
which will make audiences laugh & cry.
As in his previous shows, Norman incorporates audience interactions
and serious dramatic moments with the rib-tickling, blush inducing
humour. He plays multiple characters - real & cartoonish. He wears
costumes & masks & impersonates a giant vagina. He weaves in &
out of funny & serious sketches, keeps the audience guessing and
on its toes, drawing them in, gently, before he shakes them up
with startling revelations, first-person accounts & endless stage
A media critic once described Norman's shows as "a
comic orgy that at the end leaves the audience & performer spent
& smiling." 'SEX
TOYS' is another theatrical, emotional
roller-coaster guaranteed to get people thinking & talking about
DOES IT WORK
works as a 'sneak attack' against prejudices
From the innocuous poster & promotional material, it might seem
like just another funny 'sex show', but the presentation is 100%
subversive. Firstly, it reaches
the 'unreachables' - the target audience
who would never attend a lecture or workshop about important issues
like appreciating diversity, stopping sexual violence
& practicing safe sex, but will come to a show.
disappoint. Audiences get their 'sex show' & messages galore. 'SEX
serves as a giant, 'funhouse mirror'
held up to our collective sexuality. We see what's positive & enjoyable,
but also what needs to change. Norman takes on, deconstructs
so-called 'adult' subject matter, creatively & imaginatively without
being sexist, homophobic, or gratuitously vulgar.
The show satirizes common sexual stereotypes like 'studliness',
& allows people to see themselves, their sexual misconceptions &
prejudices differently. It allows them to laugh at and question
inhibitative, restrictive, damaging myths that hurt. And it allows
them to take stock of the very real emotional needs behind our sexual
practices. It values feelings over 'technique', consideration &
respect over 'mindless performance', and the humanization
instead of the 'objectification' of our sexual partners. It teaches
people to practice responsible, safe & loving sex instead of dangerous,
risk taking. On another level, the show can be seen as very straightforward,
basic sexual educational theater. The audience learns sexual fundamentals
and more about their own bodies.
TOYS' is brash, titillating & visually
& intellectually stimulating. It's also hard-hitting,satirical &
sometimes just plain silly. It's designed to provoke,
& help contribute to a more enlightened public discourse about our
sexuality. It's also meant to replace the 'taboos' in popular conversation
with respectful, healthy, critical discussion.
Nawrocki's Sex Toys amuse and educate
Jennifer Barclay, The Peak, SFU
Images Theatre Feb. 8
A condom, a vagina and a butt plug walk into a theatre. No really, it's not a joke.
As the music and lights fade in the SFU Images Theatre, "Virginia Vagina" descends upon the stage. Dressed entirely in flowing pink satin, Norman Nawrocki introduces the first of his outrageous and candid characters in his one man show Sex Toys .
As Virginia interacts with the audience, she educates them about what she likes and dislikes, what all her parts are called, and why you should get to know her better. This is a pattern of each character throughout the show-to shock, to amuse and to educate.
The show is a highly energetic series of sketches tackling such topics as sexually transmitted diseases, anal sex, lubrication, and masturbation. It combines live and taped dialog with musical numbers. Although it was choppy at times with so many costume changes, this only added to the excitement and immediacy of this live event.
Vancouver-born Nawrocki masterfully switches characters mid- stream, taking the audience on a hilarious sexual romp. He combines over-the-top characters such as Cowboy Condom Ken, riding a fake horse across the stage and singing a country jingle, with realistic characters talking about their personal sexual experiences.
It all started with I Don't Understand Women! , his first comic sex cabaret. When he toured Canada with the piece, he was shocked at the amount of misinformation and ignorance surrounding sexual issues and practices. He felt a real need for some frank sexual talk without the rigid confines of the classroom. He came up with My Dick & Other Manly Tales , a comic but hard-hitting look at homophobia and male stereotypes.
He admits that his latest show Sex Toys is more playful than My Dick but still combats the same sexual taboos and also addresses gender confusion and gender stereotyping.
Nawrocki's shows have played to full houses of eager students expecting sex jokes and toilet humor. While there is that sort of comedy in the show, it is sandwiched in between highly informative sketches encouraging understanding and tolerance. Nawrocki never slips too far into the teacher role. Like spoon-feeding a baby, he mixes the main course with plenty of fun and frolic.
Most of his university shows are sponsored by campus women's and gay right's groups. They hope that their message of tolerance will reach those who lack awareness in such matters. The audience experiences shock, discomfort, ecstatic laughter, empathy and curiosity in different combinations throughout the show.
What resonates most from Sex Toys is the personable and lovable nature of the characters. Bob Bob the Bum Hole bitterly describes how he is shunned and thoroughly misunderstood. Shy Eric, is overwhelmed and intimidated by his girlfriend's passion for masturbation. His friend Andy is repeatedly treated as a sexual object and can't seem to find a partner interested in him as a whole person. Beneath the jokes and the funny costumes, a sad and wonderful tale emerges-a tale of sexual confusion, exploration and isolation.
Nawrocki interviewed hundreds of people to make Sex Toys as real and relevant as possible. Not only did he succeed in this venture but also produced a damn funny show in the process.
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