Reviews & Press

Recent reviews of the newly workshopped updated script and storytelling.

Melbourne, Australia, February 2020

Official Midsumma Festival Event at Chapel Off Chapel (Five Performances)


Entertaining, educating, devastating, and uplifting, Confessions of a Mormon Boy is a story of extremes; an uncensored insight into a life near destroyed by personal, sexual, and spiritual conflict. Unapologetically raw, astoundingly honest, and shared unbelievably without bitterness; Fales’ story is a compelling, exciting, and even arousing tale of personal triumph, introspection, and forgiveness . . . In town for far too short a time . . . ever evolving this extraordinary story has been shared the world over.

With lightening pace, strong characterization, and abundant energy, Fales is masterful if not exhausting to watch as he strips away, literally and indeed quite shockingly, cosmetically, the benefits and pitfalls of what it is to be handsome and physically blessed traversing the hedonistic lifestyle of gay male stereotypes. While Confessions of a Mormon Boy exposes the demons of organised religion and the constraints of its allowance for natural order, it’s also an examination of what faith gives a person, makes a person and what is potentially lost and substituted when that faith is taken from them, by choice or otherwise. Like Hannah Gadsby’s Nannette, knowing this tale is actually that of the teller makes for uncomfortable viewing at times and prompts us to wonder throughout if reliving this stuff is actually such a good idea. Confessions of a Mormon Boy is an incredible exploration of our condition and the constant tussle we face in wanting to, being able to and allowed to identify and live as our authentic selves. I don’t believe that seeing this show should be encouraged, I think it should be compulsory.”

AustralianStage.com.au (Doug Knight)


"Victoria Discovers was honoured to be invited to review the sensational 90 minute true story of one man’s acceptance and reveal of his homosexuality in Confessions of a Mormon Boy. Using song, dance, music and lights, and a spectacular gift of storytelling, Steven Fales is able to lead the audience on his journey of guilt, sorrow, acceptance and pride in this epic roller coaster of emotional discovery. This dramatic and powerful piece of theatre will speak to everyone. That being true to yourself is the only road to happiness.”

VictoriaDiscovers.com.au


“This is a gripping piece of solo theatre. Fales is an exceptional talent who delivers an honest, vivid, and animated performance as he takes us through his amazing and sometimes harrowing life. He exudes a charming stage presence, matched with a big cheesy smile and loads of gay Mormon pride. He is clever, witty, and just loves to mock himself. He is eloquent, defiant, and persuasive. His stage performance takes a feisty turn . . . followed by an unexpected twist that has the audience aghast yet eager for more.”

StageWhispers.com.au (Flora Georgion)


“Four Stars. One of the year’s most-anticipated international imports, Confessions of a Mormon Boy, is a heady mix of cheeky dish and searing drama. Both created and fronted by Utah-born Steven Fales, his powerful work played for a strictly-limited and sell-out season at Chapel Off Chapel. Confessions of a Mormon Boy covers vast emotional territory. This is an experience which invites viewers to watch someone at their most naked and vulnerable. Peeling away the layers, it allows audiences to question their own decisions and how they impact both themselves and the people around them as well. With a total running time of ninety minutes, Fales takes key events and episodes from his life and pulls them apart for viewer consumption. Many of his stories are highly personal and affecting. Their power lies in whether he views his life as victorious or tragic. Furthermore, Fales has a gift for injecting these tales with moments of wicked humour, as well as a pleasing narrative style. Well worth the immersion, Confessions of a Mormon Boy is a memorable inclusion in this year’s Midsumma line-up.”

TheatrePeople.com.au (Nick Pilgrim)


“In an intimate stage setting, equipped with some eye-catching costume changes to boot, Fales‘ charisma, commanding stage presence and excellent storytelling carries the show and elevates it, uncovering the solid truth about his life and delivering an outstanding addition to this year’s Midsumma Festival. With the content all based on his own life, Fales‘ allows for his emotion and connection to the source material to showcase a raw and dynamic performance, all while still appearing natural. Watching Fales at work during Confessions of a Mormon Boy, you feel every emotional, every happiness and every frustration that Fales‘ went through as he takes us on a roller-coaster journey of self-discovery. Fales has this incredible ability to have you laughing out loud one minute, to crying the next. The entire audience during my viewing were incredibly captivated by Fales‘ tale, feeding off his every word and movement. Confessions of a Mormon was a great therapy session for some of my repressed experiences that I didn’t realise were lurking just under the surface, waiting to be unleashed. Make sure you don’t miss out on this incredible show! I cannot recommend Confessions of a Mormon Boy enough. Some of the remaining sessions are sold out, so make sure you jump online and grab your support friend a ticket while you are there. Confessions of a Mormon Boy is a well told 90-minute experience of a life that needs to be seen and heard.

Lilithia.net (Alaisdair Leith)


“Take the story of a God-fearing father, a loving husband and son, and blend it with a penchant for same-sex encounters, prostitution, and drug taking and you have the basis of a compelling narrative. Fales is effusive – joyous and funny, intense and dramatic. His “show and tell” about his first experience as an escort is – and will remain – firmly imprinted on my mind. Fales knows how to engage and entertain an audience. Complete with sound effects, he is a showman who can spin a yarn … and what more familiar yarn is there than one’s life story that keeps on giving. Not only does he speak in his own voice, but he assumes the accents and tones of “characters” who are a part of his colourful journey. And he can hold a note – with music playing a part in proceedings. But there is no doubt its theme of being true to oneself resonates strongly with Fales’ appreciative audience.”

ItellYouWhatIThink.com.au (Alex First)


“It’s as if Steven Fales is giving testimony to a congregation of fellow believers in his one man show.”

Melbourne Observer (Michael McLean)


“Ahead of its time . . .”

ArtsReview.com.au


“A life less ordinary. Telling his life story on the stage saved Steven Fales.”

Herald Sun (Feature Story by Catherine Lambert)


“A DNA favourite, Steven Fales returns to Australia with his one man show, Confessions of a Mormon Boy.”

DNA Magazine Australia and TheCelebrityWhisperer.com.au(Matthew Myers)


TOP 10 THINGS TO SEE, HEAR & DO THIS WEEKEND IN MELBOURNE

The Age newspaper’s Entertainment Guide. The 2nd largest newspaper in Melbourne. 

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Early REVIEWS

Reviews of the original developmental, Off-Broadway, regional, and touring productions before 2017.

Chicago Tribune

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Houston Chronicle

Miami Herald

Boston Globe

Las Vegas Review-Journal

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