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How to Be A Virgin (in 12 morally ambiguous steps)

comedy · lucid dramatics · Ages 17+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by ELLEN DOSTAL

June 04, 2016 · original article
tagged as: comedy · adult-themed

What I liked

Playwright Carla Neuss lays it all out there in this autobiographical two-hander, starring Katelyn Schiller as The Virgin and Joshua Bross as a variety of past boyfriends. Schiller narrates the largely comedic piece, which combines the framework of a slide projector presentation with flashback scenes from her dating days, to explain her personal commitment to that all-important V card.

Neuss’s writing is fresh and unpretentious while displaying a knack for inventing quirky turns of phrase. Whether she is relating how to go about dropping the bomb (that she’s still a virgin and isn’t going to sleep with a potential boyfriend) or describing the slippery slope and what she calls “sexual tapas,” the tone is lighthearted and fun. Seek not the serious here.

What I didn't like

My overall impression

How to Be a Virgin is a thoroughly enjoyable one hour of Fringe time packaged with a lot of laughs, some spicy adult topics, and plenty of situational humor. You have to admire the playwright for being willing to even write this story and, if it does nothing else, it will give you pause to consider why you’ve made your choices. By default or on purpose, it’s always up to you. Go!

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