By now, the sexual transgressions of institutions like the Boy Scouts and the Catholic Church have become well-known. But in the one-man show "The Tricky Part," a boy whose manhood is tainted by a three-year-long sexual relationship with an older man reveals what often remains hidden about those transgressions: the personal struggles of the sexually abused.
The production stars Lou Colaiacovo -- fresh off a performance in MusicalFare's "Tick, Tick . . . Boom!" -- as writer and actor Martin Moran. Moran's 2004 book of the same name led to the show, in which Moran, now 42, is sexually abused by his counselor at a Catholic boys camp. From there, the relationship takes on elements of coercion, shame and manipulation, in which Moran's confused feelings lead to a prolonged kind of abuse. The play, through the religious upbringing of its protagonist, also examines a certain sort of Catholic guilt particular to those who have experienced sexual exploitation.
Moran's later life, like that of those abused by priests, civic leaders or relatives, becomes a struggle to come to terms with what happened to him as he lives a successful life in New York City as an actor on and off Broadway. Moran, who wrote the show for himself, is currently in the Broadway production of "Spamalot." The play takes place in the Main Street Cabaret, 672 Main St., at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through May 5. Call 886-9239 for tickets.
-- Colin Dabkowski