Sex With Strangers

ensemble theatre · south city players guild · Ages 17+ · United States of America

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DAVID MACDOWELL BLUE certified reviewer June 09, 2019
tagged as: drama · Love · passion · sex · man · woman · writers · writing
Two character plays with multiple scenes have a problem maintaining momentum. Sex With Strangers by Laura Eason has a potential solution to this--simply, the costume and set changes are minimal, and initially non-existent. More, the characters as written leave us not only interested in what happens next, our interest grows. More than our interest, our investment because this play is no polemic but rather an exploration of an intense relationship--its birth and perhaps its end. Certainly it counts as a journey between two writers who meet at a snowbound writer's retreat once winter. Olivia (Melissa Center) is older, a teacher whose first novel's reception disappointed her so severely she now writes only for herself. Ethan (Jake Ferree) ... full review
SCOTT LANGER certified reviewer June 10, 2019
A romantic comedy with dirt underneath its fingernails- in that, like life, love has complications that go deeper than simple misunderstandings we see in most rom-coms but rather deception, mutual opportunism, trust, and believing that someone is who they currently say they are and not what their past would dictate. Ferree and Center have off the chart chemistry, actors so in-synch and on top of their game that they command your attention. ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 19, 2019
I came to this show with arms crossed and left delighted and enthralled. The acting was intimate, specific, connected and moving. The writing was honest, raw, and wildly compelling. This small piece is a gem. I cannot recommend highly enough. ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 18, 2019
Two strangers come together for the ride of their life. Some are calling it a rom-com, I consider it a dramedy. Don't be put off by the 2 hour running time-it moves fast. The twists were completely unexpected and I loved every minute of it. ... full review
EDSON BLACK certified reviewer June 21, 2019
A really cool and fun dramedy that will keep you locked in the entire show .The chemistry between the two actors jumps out at you right away and they do a really great job bringing their characters to life. I didn’t go into this show with any expectations , but came out very pleased and impressed with the production .... full review
BILLY RAY BREWTON certified reviewer June 23, 2019
A fantastically engaging two-hander about the price of fame and the depths to which we'll sink to achieve it. Featuring two dynamic and powerhouse performances by Jake Ferree and Melissa Center, "Sex with Strangers" is constantly defying your expectations. ... full review
MIKE REYES certified reviewer June 12, 2019
tagged as: comedy · sexy · funny · smart · well written
Playwrite/Producer Laura Eason(House of Cards) hit drama Sex with Strangers premiered initially in 2011 at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater, after successful runs, off-Broadway this intellectually stimulating production returns to the west coast for the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival. The play chronicles the relationship both professional and romantic between Olivia(Melissa Center). A talented but burnt-out author in her late thirties who stopped writing for anyone but herself after her first novel was received with poor reviews. Also, Ethan(Jake Ferree), a twenty-something-year-old New York Times bestselling author and self-described "asshole" who writes under the name "Ethan Strange" whose success has come from writing about his debauche... full review
LEAH PATTERSON certified reviewer June 26, 2019
tagged as: intimate · Relationships · drama · modern love
Lovely, intimate production. The real deal, a rare thing, a real piece of theatre in LA. Emotionally resonant work from the actors, very well directed, excellent script exploring relationships in the modern world. Refreshing and interesting. Recommended!... full review
LAWRIE CHIARO SMYLIE certified reviewer June 27, 2019
tagged as: smart · funny · captivating
This is one of the best shows in the fringe! Smart, witty, funny, authentic, believable, captivating. Great writing and GREAT acting! Go see it!... full review
ROB STEVENS certified reviewer June 27, 2019
read complete review at the link below... full review