Three times in one night!

Incredible Sex

By Rich Orloff
Directed by Jeffrey C. Wolf
Equity showcase (closed)
Foolish Theatre Company
WorkShop Theater Mainstage
Review by Seth Bisen-Hersh

Incredible Sex was incredibly funny. Consisting of three one-acts, the skits had many one-liners and wacky, unpredictable plots. Furthermore, they were performed by an energetic, hilarious ensemble.

The first of the trio, Women in Hea,t took place in a beachside condo in Key West, Florida. It followed three archetypical girls on vacation -- Kim (Traci Hovel), the prudish one; Charlene (Deborah Green), the overtly sexual one; and Marge (Julie Ferrell), the one in the middle of the spectrum. They discussed their recent sexcapades as Marge tried to figure out what to do about some new feelings she had recently experienced.

The second of the trio, entitled I Didn’t Know You Could Cook, was emotionally charged. It still had many witticisms and one-liners, but was more serious in tone. It concerned a handicapped man, Jerome (Jason Liebman), as he attempted to come out of the closet to his brother, Mark (Peter R. Thewes).

The final one-act was the three-scened Mars Needs Women, but Not as Much as Arnold Schecter took place in Passaic, New Jersey. It followed Arnold Schecter (William McCall) as he tries to propose to the love of his life. However, she is being wooed by the Martian prince, Balthazar: the Magnificent, and chaos ensues.

From the second the cell-phone announcement was made, it was clear the night was going to be very entertaining. All three one-acts proved to be very funny, causing the audience to laugh out loud fairly frequently throughout. There were many clever zingers and comebacks flying back and forth. The second play, besides being funny, had a lot of heart; it was sweet, real, and very well-written.

The cast were all vivacious, with great comic timing. The direction kept the show moving at a brisk pace -- the ninety minutes flew by. Josh Zangen’s set was stylistic while being functionally minimal. Cheryl A. McCarron’s costumes were realistic. Andrew Rothschild’s lighting design illuminated the proceedings amply.

Overall, although a bit sitcommy at times, the short plays were very amusing and enjoyable. While not earth-shattering or life-changing theater, the production was a pleasant diversion and a good time for all.

Box Score:

Writing: 2
Directing: 2
Acting: 2
Set: 1
Costumes: 1
Lighting/Sound: 1

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