The Rental

ali astin & ben ubiñas · Ages 12+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 09, 2018
tagged as: sexy · drama · provocative · insightful · adult themes

What I liked

The solid writing, direction and strong performances manage to move these two characters through several surprising perspective shifts. Sex changes everything between these two people. When each person compromises a personal rule or two, even to a small degree, the honesty concerning what is truly important to each of them is revealed – sometimes brutally. It’s a tricky balance and this show does it well.

What I didn't like

This is a great Fringe show. The sexual aspect of the show is handled with grace and humor and is the perfect set-up for the surprises to come. Perhaps the pace of the show could be slightly quicker in the first half, but it’s important to know these two well before their actions begin to test their fragile connection to each other. One of the more mature, thoughtful pieces I have seen this year.

My overall impression

Playing out in real time, a sexual encounter between two strangers shifts from sharing a moment of tenderness to an examination of personal integrity and sexual politics. This fascinating drama takes a familiar sounding premise and manages to create a thought-provoking, fast-moving hour. I highly recommend this show.

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