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What they are saying about The Deep Throat Sex Scandal?

"emotionally-charged, historically-relevant, sensually-satisfying, but also painfully insightful production"
William Margold - LA Xpress (to read the full article, click here)

"The Deep Throat Sex Scandal is the go-to show of the season!"
Slant Magazine


"Director Jerry Douglas has assembled a truly remarkable cast. The strength of this production indeed lies in its brilliant actors who all give memorable performances."
Best of OffBroadway.com


"Very entertaining! Lori Gardner is compelling."
Theatermania


"Bertolino's play is, bizarrely, really entertaining - a well-intentioned diversion that knows its audience and delivers what it promises: a sinfully entertaining play about freedom. Like any good adult film, there's dirty talk, simulated oral and missionary sex, and full frontal nudity from both genders. The cast, led by the mesmerizing Malcolm Madera as Reems, gives this show their all, and then some! Frank Blocker is outstanding!"
NY Theater.com


"In the interest of accurate reporting, it must be said. I enjoyed The Deep Throat Sex Scandal. A slyly subversive comedy. Playwright David Bertolino's message of tolerance is powerful! As Harry Reems, Malcolm Madera is likable and charismatic. Lori Gardner turns in a splendid performance as Linda Lovelace. Frank Blocker as Larry Parrish delivers a closing argument that is the dirtiest speech you'll hear in a theater this year. The Deep Throat Sex Scandal reminds us that the battle against repression is worthwhile and winnable."
Back Stage


"Here is to one of the biggest hits of the season - THE DEEP THROAT SEX SCANDAL"
Preston Ridge


"I really enjoy this play. I was laughing out loud through the whole show. The performers were flawless. The visual effects were very good. There was some nudity but not overbearing. I'll definitely see it again. "
skong503, GoldStar Member


"Very entertaining, but also very informative. all performers were great - lots of fun!"
Anonymous


"Great night out. Very informative play. I would see it again"
Jason, Goldstar Member


"This is really entertaining and they really nailed it as a period piece! I was interested to learn about the trial which I knew nothing about. I would recommend it highly."
Maura, Goldstar


"Thought the play was informative and well conceived, with a few actors providing great performances. I would recommend you go and take some friends."
Anonymous


"4.04.051 Written on Sep 27 2010 it was very funny & well done. all the actors who had multiple roles did a great job. not for prudes that for sure."
Pauda, Goldstar Member


"This show is EXACTLY what New York City theater needs"
Chelsea Cipolla, actress


"What Deep Throat unleashed is unlikely to go away"
Brian Grazer, Producer


"What was special about Deep Throat was that it required of people to expose themselves to go into a theater, to be seen walking in and out"
Gay Talese, Author


"Deep Throat was like a virus. It spread from the dirty raincoat brigade to suburban America"
Fenton Bailey, film maker


"I was apalled at how offensive the idea of a woman with a clitoris in her throat was"
Erica Jong, author


"Despite the milieu of pornographic filmmaking, the characters of Harry Reems and Linda Lovelace are presented as surprisingly sympathetic people.  The court case involving the arrest of the actor is maddening, amusing, suspenseful and provokes discussion of important 1st amendment issues."
Robert McCaskill, co-writer/director The Common Air   


"I have seen the face of a hit show and the name is The Deep Throat Sex Scandal"
Joseph Klineburger, New Jersey Review 


"The Deep Throat Sex Scandal will be embraced... Harry Reems was an innocent victim of society's guilty pleasures...  A searing example of America's Hypocrisy!"
William Margold, LAXPRESS 


"Two thumbs up for Sex Scandal; a play about Deep Throat...one of the most controversial films of all time!"
Jon Hart, Boston Phoenix 

 





Deep Throat director Gerard Damiano was once asked why he sold his stake in Throat to men with reputed Mafia connections. He replied "Do you want me to get my legs broken?"
There have long been rumors about the Mob controlling all Deep Throat screenings for a number of years, taking a huge cut of the proceeds but offering chosen theaters a lot more than mere exclusivity (ie "protection," from both rivals and city officials).



Four police officer appellants asserted that in October 1973, successive seizures of Deep Throat had been made under warrant in Riverside County, California. The theater involved in those seizures sought federal relief, which was denied.



These two photos (above and below) are taken from news footage showing the jurors walking toward the theater to take in some Throat. (Note the neighboring business sign "Wrestle a Nude Girl!")



For awhile in the late '70s, the military was banned by the U.S. government from entering downtown porn theaters. Military MPs would regularly walk through theaters looking for soldiers and sailors violating the ban, which was later expanded to cover the entire county.