Hip Shot: Godiva Dates & One Night Stands

Caos on F

Remaining Performances:

Sunday, July 21, 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, July 23, 10:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 25, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 27, 9:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 28, 2 p.m.

They say: "Regie Cabico's Godiva Dates & One Night Stands chronicles his encounters with poet stalkers, sextings and astrological whimsy. Trying not to have his life turn into a Barbara Streisand movie, Regie is on an eternal mission to get his groove back."

Dan's Take: I won't hesitate to get to the point. This one's recommended, practically a home run for that matter. Regie Cabico's Godiva Dates & One Night Stands is an hour of slam poetry, storytelling, and dancing that has hardly a dull moment. Cabico, who was called "the Lady Gaga of Poetry" by The Kenyon Review, is a veteran of high-profile gigs like Def Poetry Jam and Lollapalooza, but the intimacy of Caos on F is perfectly suited to his hilarious and poignant anecdotes. Cabico holds little back as he dances through Icona Pop's "I Love It" and invites the audience into his world of lust and loneliness. The show itself is professional and well-staged, but that only enhances Cabico's cathartic display.

It wouldn't do justice to these stories to spoil them because part of the fun is seeing Cabico weave poetic imagery and his love of pop culture into some truly eccentric sexual escapades. Okay.. .here's one teaser: He describes sex with another poet as "two raw eggs smashed against Sylvia Plath's ass." Cabico's pieces get funnier as they build, and he's well aware of the absurdity that makes its way into his reality. He juxtaposes this reality with destiny: astrological signs, cockblocks, and a snow-trapped hookup opportunity with a dream guy that receives a bizarre form of third-party encouragement.

Beneath the hilarity is Cabico's deep longing for a lover he can treat like a best friend, someone who is more than simply an outlet for release. He's on a never-ending search, but something always seems to get in his way, whether it be reality, destiny, or intense self-reflection. This emotional undercurrent gives Godiva Dates & One Night Stands an aching universality, relatable even to those who have never been to a gay sauna or had sex in a public restroom. On the surface, Cabico's performance channels raw vulgarity into poetic eloquence, but as he reveals further layers of himself, he becomes a person who searching for the bare essence of happiness, pouring himself a glass of wine at the end of another long night.

See it if: You love a good story, a good laugh, and/or good sex.

Skip it if: You cringe at the thought of sex or profanity. But that's hardly an excuse, prudes. See this show.