Possibly my favorite thing that I've EVER seen at Fringe. Smart writing, great direction, superbly engaging acting. It spoke to so much of my experience as a human. It's funny, and sad, and awkward, and hopeful. I hope you will love it as much as I did....
Virginity is a big deal. Crossing that line means something for men--and even more, most people would say, for women. So if a woman reaches 30 and hasn't yet lost hers, is that strange? Funny? Sad? Lonely? Come see this fantastic play and you'll see that the answer is all of this--and none--and somewhere in-between.
I wasn't sure exactly what I was in for when I walked into the lovely and intimate Studio C space for this show. But there was Katelyn Schiller, already our prime innocent adult, prepped with her slide projector of important "virgin data", telling me where to sit and breaking down any sense of separation between herself and the audience.
What a smart, smart move.
Because that's what this show is about:
This is the tal...
THE TYPE OF PRODUCTION EVERY FRINGE SHOULD BE SO LUCKY TO HAVE... WITH SO MANY ALMOST GOOD OR EVEN TERRIBLY BAD PRODUCTIONS BEING SHOWCASED...IT'S SUCH A RELIEF TO FINALLY SIT DOWN AND WATCH PROFESSIONALS AT WORK, DOING WHAT THEY LOVE BEST, REACHING ACROSS THE FOOTLIGHTS AND CATCHING THE AUDIENCE WITH EVERY WORD. ...
Where do I begin? The script by Carla Neuss is a gutsy, well-crafted, and funny/sad exploration of one woman's journey to remain a virgin until she finally marries The One. The smart and simple direction by Payden Ackerman connects the audience to the show in a much more emotionally connected way than most fourth-wall-breaking shows. This, of course, is largely due to the great performances of the two actors. Josh Bross does fantastic work as NUMEROUS characters, all quite different and, more importantly, all extremely grounded and real.
And then there's Katelyn Schiller. I fell head over heels for Katelyn Schiller when she changed the way I looked at theater in last year's MURDER BLOOD BEAR. And, personal connection to review here, she ...
BOB LEGGETTindie voice blogcertified reviewerJune 14, 2016
Superbly written and wonderfully performed. This show is a Fringe masterpiece - Don't miss it!...
HOW TO BE A VIRGIN (IN 12 MORALLY AMBIGUOUS STEPS)
At the outset of Carla Neuss’ smart and very witty play we are shown a graph that places the number of those who remain virgins after the age of twenty-five at two percent of the population. We’re told this is the same percentage as those who are vegetarians and those who believe the earth is flat.
This well crafted piece relates the story of a young woman struggling against the world at large to retain her maidenhood and triumphing. Now as a proud veteran of the glorious sexual revolution I can’t but regard this as a tragedy on the scale of Medea set loose on Sesame Street. But while I do view the main character’s life choice as regrettable, one must feel admiration for her adhere...
A gripping Bollywood Musical about a love story struggling to survive in the war-torn valleys of Kashmir. Through action, dialogue and dance, Radicals tackles Islamophobia and the trauma of warfare on innocent lives.