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VIDEO: Methtacular! The Addictive Musical Comedy

It is no secret that I am a crystal meth addict in recovery. But writing about it, at least in the often humorous style for which my blog is known, escapes me. My process of recovery feels too precious, too personal, and yes, even too delicate.

steven meth 1So it was with some skepticism that I recently attended the Chicago premiere of Methtacular!, an autobiographical one-man show in which the star leads us through his descent into drug addiction through music, comedy, and even a game show segment using audience members as contestants.

I laughed with bittersweet recognition and sat amazed at the talents of writer and performer Steven Strafford. Even more, though, I was impressed by how much the audience as a whole enjoyed the show. I don’t mean to stereotype, but I don’t believe the young straight couples or the elderly subscription holders in attendance were intimately familiar with the bathhouse antics of meth users on a five day binge. But God bless ’em, they were laughing heartily.

I should have known better than to question their ability to relate to someone overcoming painful adversity and combatting the shame that so often accompanies it with humor. It’s the very reason people without HIV read my blog, or watch films about the difficult lives of others. As much as we may fear revealing our secrets, it is that intimacy, that sharing of ourselves, that we all truly desire and that has such healing properties.

If you are anywhere near Chicago before the show closes September 28, please contact Theater Wit and make your reservations. If you are not in the area, enjoy my video blog about the production and then start bugging the producers to bring the show to your city. You’re going to love it.



Speaking of my drug addiction (for someone so reticent on the topic, I won’t seem to shut up about it lately), I would like to share my two minute acceptance speech for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association award for “Excellence in Blogging” that I received last week. First, because I’m proud of it, but actually because it contains a very personal message about crystal meth, and if I’m going to encourage people to talk about it I might as well take my own advice.



By | 2018-03-23T11:42:44+00:00 September 2nd, 2014|Gay Life, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|3 Comments


  1. Charles September 3, 2014 at 9:19 am

    “There is nothing wrong with me. There is nothing wrong with me. There is nothing wrong with me.” Wow. Anyone who’s ever been to that “dark place” of self-doubt and self-hatred, whether it resulted in an addiction or not, can relate to this show.

  2. Nancy September 20, 2014 at 9:55 am

    This was terrific. I loved seeing the musical. It will open the eyes of many and I am glad you have featured it on the blog. I love you and “there is nothing wrong with you”. Love, your sis, Nancy.

  3. Stone Fleshman September 25, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I wish that I could make it to Chicago in time to see the show.
    The last place that spent “45 Days) living in encouraged me to tell all my stories in a one man show… Im so glad its already done for me.
    Thank you!!!

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