Composer, writer and actor David Pevsner stars in his autobiographical show, “Musical Comedy Whore,” at Wilton Theater Factory. Credit: Submitted photo.

There’s a lot to unpack in the three-word title of “Musical Comedy Whore,” the one-man show playing through June 23 at Wilton Theater Factory:

David Pevsner, the creator and star, is indeed a musical theater composer. As a boy, he “performed” in the basement of his suburban Chicago home. Pevsner would later study piano and major in musical theater in college. In 1982, the 24-year-old made the move to New York City, where he “did a little bit of Broadway, a lot of Off-Broadway and whole lot of waiting tables, living the typical life of a young artist in the city,” he recalled. 

Eventually, he was invited to contribute three songs to the long-running Off-Broadway hit “Naked Boys Singing” and boy are they funny.

“They started as funny, dirty little poems that I attached melodies to as I went along,” Pevsner said. “I had no idea they would be a part of ‘Naked Boys Singing.’”

There’s “The Naked Maid” about — you guessed it — his gig as a naked male maid, and “Fight the Urge,” a not-so-innocent locker room encounter, but the most popular has always been “Perky Little Porn Star (from Skokie, Illinois),” which takes us to the final word in the show’s title, “Whore.”

The show is part of producer Ronnie Larsen’s summer “Hooker Series” of plays, so there’s a clue, also, but Pevsner is forthright about the matter.

“I worked as a male escort,” he admitted.

During one of those “tight” times in 1995, Pevsner answered an ad from Maturity Escorts. He was 37 at the time.
“I was old enough certainly to make that choice, but it wasn’t just about making money. Sometimes people need to work things out in their lives, whether it was about a fantasy or a validation thing or a curiosity thing,” he explained. “I was a skinny kid growing up and, even then, I had fantasies about using my body as a way to make a living.” 

There’s a very funny section in the show about his job “interview,” Pevsner promised.

The actor quickly learned that his talents would come to use in this job, too, as he found himself performing for clients who didn’t necessarily excite him.

“When you’re having sex with men who aren’t necessarily attractive to you, you have to find out what it is about a man that is attractive,” he said. “It changed, and I didn’t take it lightly.”

Pevsner wrote this show as a fundraiser for a struggling theater after leaving New York for Los Angeles. 

“I asked myself, “What do gay men like?’ The answer was musicals and nudity,” he said.

Ever the versatile man, Pevsner continues to write new songs and theater pieces, act on television (he was in a recent episode of “NCIS”), and serve as a dramaturge for other performers. He also has a successful personal organizing business on the side — and always remains clothed when tackling his clients’ closets. “Anyone who wants to see more will have to buy a ticket for ‘Musical Comedy Whore,’” he laughed.

David Pevsner performs “Musical Comedy Whore” through Sunday, June 23 at the Foundry at Wilton Theater Factory, 2306 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors. Tickets are $35 - 50 at RonnieLarsen.com.