More than a few people left the Folsom Street Fair early yesterday to scamper toward the Curran Theater for the fourth and final chapter in Taylor Mac‘s cuckoo-bananas gay fantasia on national themes. Because Mac’s theatrical setup involves losing one musician per hour until it’s just him on stage by himself, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music didn’t exactly go out with a bang.
It did, however, go out with an ejaculation. For the decade 1976-86, whose conceit centers around the back room of a sex club, Mac’s assistants — the Dandy Minions, some of whom are college students — blew up two huge inflatable penises, each decked out in the flag of the U.S. or the U.S.S.R.
“We’re going to imagine that they energy that is ejaculated is the end of all war,” Mac says as the remaining musicians riff on the chords to “Heroes,” David Bowie‘s exhortation to jump the Berlin Wall. “They will start to deflate, of course. I want you to take that energy and bring it to Folsom, to the after-parties.”
Name-checking Reagan, Gorbachev, Putin, Trump, and other war-mongers, Mac demanded everyone have sex that night to end war. Did you do your part?