If you remember Jason Nettle from his wrenching one-man drama "9/11: We Will Forget," you can't blame the guy for seeking out a little comic relief in the frequently oddball world of other people's kinks. "Fetish" is, in many ways, a photo negative of his last effort. While "9/11" used dashes of humor to lighten up the tragedy, "Fetish" is a very funny show about a very funny subject, spiked with a hint of melancholy.
Alternating between musings on the wider world of sexuality and his own (relatively vanilla) puberty, Nettle's thesis is that guilt is at the root of most forbidden turn-ons. That's not likely to be a mind-blower for modern audiences (or ones at the Fringe Festival, at least), but his everyman approach to the dark corners of desire helps ease a wide audience in to some (ahem) uncomfortable areas. You've got to like a guy who has the research chops to reference psychologist Dr. Michael Bader, and the comic sensibilities to make fun of his name. Nettle has a can't-miss subject for comedy here, but he goes the extra mile to make this more than a one-note routine.
60 mins. Rated M. Blue venue.
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