A short list of references that date Eric Bogosian's 1990 Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll includes Phil Donahue, Dan Quayle, NutraSweet, famine in Ethiopia, and talk of microwave ovens as something new. Only the mention of Vanna White retains any cultural currency.
And yet Plays and Players' fun, engaging production uses the 80-minute piece as a continuing indictment of consumerism and hypocrisy that dates the work in a much different fashion.
Bogosian's hyper-masculine one-man show originally contained 15 male characters. Director Allison Heishman's production at Plays and Players presents 10, all of them played by Eric Scotolati.
An aging rocker recants his drug-addled days to ask, "Why didn't we die?" Entitled urbanites refuse to eat South African lobster (to protest apartheid), while an impoverished artist revels in angry white privilege, seeking fame and riches to avenge petty insults. A well-endowed clubgoer boasts of his female conquests, and a homeless beggar laments the rampant violence of street life.