Sleeping Around

Drama · theatre unleashed · Ages 18+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 07, 2015 certified reviewer

My overall impression

So…where to begin. A series of almost magically interconnected vignettes that are as funny as you’d expect from the title and promo materials, but perhaps more soulful, rich and deep than you will be prepared for.

The structural style of two characters on stage at a time, yet never the same two characters, creates currents and eddies that shift marvelously from scene to scene. You may think you have a character figured out, and you might be right, but I suspect you will be surprised by each and every one.

The performances are wonderful and nuanced (and where nuance is lacking the bombast and energy that fill the void shake things up perfectly and at just the right moment). Every member of this ensemble deserves to be proud of their pieces of the this very clever puzzle.

I don’t rightly know how they fit all of this into an hour, I guess the simplest answer is, as one cast member told me, magic.

I joked with a friend of mine that my review for this show would simply be “if you see one show at Fringe this year, see mine, but if you see two the second MUST BE Sleeping Around!” The truth is, you don’t have to choose, but if you did I couldn’t fault you either way.

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