PGR in London
Palatable Gay Robot just concluded a sold-out encore performance at the Phoenix Arts Club.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
from Entertainment Now
"Stretching the bounds of what a one man show can be, the line between robot, performer and human melds to answer more than what it means to be palatably gay. There’s no telling whether it’s societies or entertainment industries that are responsible for the pejorative portrayals of gay men. But there’s no denying that works like these are destined to break this cycle. And it doesn’t hurt that the careful craft behind this piece makes revolution the most fun it can be."
by Avantika Sood
"a fast-paced and characterful stand-up routine, with performer, Stephen Brower, deftly handling the robotic physicality while landing every joke... This is some sophisticated writing. It’s not just a stand-up routine, nor is it just a play or a gimmick. Like Billie, Palatable Gay Robot is complex, hilarious, and human."
by Ben Connaughton
★ ★ ★ ★
from Fringe Biscuit
"An uproarious and poignant rollercoaster ride of identity politics. The performance rests on Brower’s incredible character-switching, a technical marvel facilitated by voice-over intros and remarkable physicality... Brower’s commitment to craft and his nuanced critique on the state of gay representation in media make this a must-see. "
★ ★ ★ ★
from Broadway World UK
" Ultimately, Palatable Gay Robot is a fantastic hour of comedy that does a wonderful job of treading the line between a serious reflection on sexuality and a funny set of standup."
by Kat Mokrynski
A character-driven comedy with a meta narrative twist. Equal parts playful and thought-provoking, Palatable Gay Robot is a bold new play that promises to entertain.
Meet HumaVibe's latest edition, Billie Bowtie. The perfect performer, Billie is gay, but not too gay. As he navigates his sentience amidst growing pressure from the Moderator to remain palatable, Billie glitches in and out of song, dance, and storytelling to land in a place of true humanity.
Watch Broadway actor and internet star, Stephen Brower, cycle through comic gags and wild characters as he searches for identity in the technological world.
"To say this show is just hilarious would do it a disservice; it is also a metanarrative on identity as a performance. The quick-fire changes to character, the singing, and the dancing demonstrate the breadth of Stephen Brower's talents. I wanted to see this show because of his Instagram videos, and he maintains that level of presence for a full hour." - audience review
Palatable Gay Robot premiered in August 2023 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
in connection with Greenside @ Infirmary St
"A beautiful performer and storyteller, with moments of vulnerability that break my heart. Also witty AF."
Pulitzer Prize Winner
"Somehow both charmingly slick and indelibly human. There’s pathos, there’s humor, there’s a (remarkably good) song and dance number? Highly recommend to anyone who can relate to feelings of alienation & questioning your performative identity…or if you just like to laugh, loads of those, too."
director and producer
Joe's Pub, Lincoln Center
"I was gripped throughout. The show is hilarious, engaging, sharp, progressive and deep. I cannot recommend it enough. One of the 'needle in a haystack' fringe shows that truly deserves success and acclaim. This review from a somewhat grumpy, reluctant-to-laugh local."
"They gayest fantasia I’ve ever seen! The show is hilarious, thoughtful, and deeply personal. Stephen is the bravest and brightest around. See it now and thank me later, girlies, gays, and everyone else!"
writer and producer
"Meaningful and memorable. So powerful... Genius."
Hung Up, Vulture,
actor, writer, gorgeous forehead
Stephen Brower is New York City-based actor, writer, and comedian. He made his Broadway debut in the musical Anastasia, and subsequently led the First National Tour as "Dmitry." Other tours include Pippin (u/s Pippin), and An American in Paris (Adam). He most recently appeared in Des MacAnuff's Broadway-bound revival of The Who's Tommy at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. He has a BFA from Texas State University, and is represented theatrically by BRS/Gage.
As a stand-up comedian, Stephen has headlined venues in and around New York City, including Stand Up NY, Broadway Comedy Club, and Club Cumming.
He’s also avid content creator. Stephen writes and produces funny videos on TikTok and Instagram, and has a combined following of over 325K. He regularly works with companies to produce branded content. @stephenbrower
As evident in his one-person show, Stephen is passionate about being a multi-disciplinary artist. He's a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and an advocate for experimental art.
Zachary Prince is New York City-based actor and director with gluten intolerance and a gardening kink. He was last seen as “Josh” in the Broadway-bound A Transparent Musical (based on the Amazon series) at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.
Zach attributes his keen eye for storytelling to his many years on and off-Broadway as a standby for much more famous people, where he observed the challenges of sausage-making up-close and from varied perspectives.
When Zach isn’t acting or directing, you can find him feverishly inhaling journalism, shopping for plants he can’t afford, or taking pictures of the two goldendoodles he shares with his partner, Brandon Uranowitz, who has a Tony Award now. There’s a Tony in our house.
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