Kevin Delin’s Heat & Hostility is an amusing look at men and women and sex, in a series of 14 sketches, featuring an attractive and talented young cast of performers. Here’s a preview of some of the “heat and hostility” that’s in store for you:


How would you feel if you were an actor about to stage-kiss a beautiful costar and your director kept getting in the way? And what to do about an “unprofessional” erection preceding the kiss? After all, “it’s bad acting to anticipate the boner.”

Are there certain words which only a woman can use? How soon in the dating process is it acceptable to pass wind? Is it playing fair for a woman to wear a wonder bra, and why would a man feel uncomfortable holding his girlfriend’s purse while she goes to try one on?


What might happen if a straight porn star met his gay “power bottom” equivalent on set? And why might it be inappropriate for the former to ask the latter, “Boy, who crawled up your ass today?”

Is it really true that some men buy Playboy just for the articles? When a guy asks a girl how many sex partners she’s had before him, how would he feel if his girlfriend did better in college than he did? And what about a heterosexualman who discovers that “the beauty of anal sex is that you don’t need a woman to do it?”

How should a woman feel if her boyfriend objects to her having her breast implants removed because he insists, “I love you how you are now?” (Emphasis on the now.)


What conversation might take place if two female acting students decided to prepare a scene about a pair of convent schoolgirls?
A: You’re a lesbian.
B: No.
A: Yes.
B: No.
A: Yes.
B: No.
A: Yes.
B: No.
A: Yes.
B: Maybe a little…

If you walked in on your boyfriend pleasuring himself, and you asked, “Is this what you do when I’m not at home?” would you believe him if he said, “Not all the time!”

And if a beautiful hotel doctor wanted to cure your flu with an “anti-electron dance” to tropical drum beats, would you assume that she got her medical degree in the Caribbean?


These are just some of the questions posed and the situations presented in Heat & Hostility. The cast of five (William Henry Catlett, IV, Travis Dixon, Amy Lucas, Jill Slattery, and Quin Walters) are uniformly talented, good-looking, and adept at comedy. Delin’s skits may not be for all tastes, but I enjoyed them, and appreciated that there was at least one gay male character and a lesbian or two thrown into the action. Problematic, as may be imagined, are the 12 set changes, which slow down the momentum. Also, an intermission seemed unnecessary in a show which without it would run under 90 minutes. But overall, Heat & Hostility is an amusing (and quite a bit racy and ribald) hour and a half of PG-13 (or would it be R?) rated fun.

El Centro Theatre Circle Stage, 804 N. El Centro, Los Angeles.

–Steven Stanley
October 7, 2007

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