Everything you think you know about virgins is wrong.
Carla Neuss’ play is a #SeeItLA* and reminds everyone that a person doesn’t have to sleep with someone to feel loved, make bad decisions, and have a little fun. Cleverly titled, and written, this production starts with a slideshow presentation of the steps to be a virgin which gets tossed that aside and we are taught the steps through the morally ambiguous “lovers” the Virgin has.
How to Be a Virgin’s dialogue is written in such a way that the actors don’t have to feed the audience jokes. Neuss captures language that it feels as if you’re listening to a friend’s story or witnessing a conversation.
This is enhanced by Katelyn Schiller (from last year’s Murder Blood Bear Story) who is a phenomenal actress. The show is said to be a two-hander, but it felt more like a woman-show with a male accessory. Schiller carries the show through humor and solemn moments and we were able to see her capture the essence of a person discovering their own personal boundaries and sticking to their convictions.
This show has the whole package: an excellent story and well-written dialogue, performers who can bring you into their characters’ worlds, and seamless direction where you forget the actors aren’t making the decisions in the moment.