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Sex With Strangers

ensemble theatre · south city players guild · Ages 17+ · 2hrs · United States of America

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MIKE REYES mike-check.com June 12, 2019
tagged as: well written · smart · funny · sexy · comedy
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
DAVID MACDOWELL BLUE night tinted glasses certified reviewer June 09, 2019
tagged as: writing · writers · woman · man · sex · passion · Love · drama
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 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

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