The Mystery of Love and Sex OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Sara Krulwich

  • Opening Night:
    March 2, 2015
    April 26, 2015

    Theater: Mitzi E. Newhouse / 150 West 65th Street, New York, NY, 10023


    The Mystery of Love and Sex is the story of four individuals whose lives remain inextricably intertwined over time. Charlotte and Jonny are two college students and long-time friends since the age of 9. As their relationship turns romantic, over her parents’ objections, an onslaught of truths about their past is unleashed, threatening not only their relationship with each other, but with their families as well.

  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Mystery of Love and Sex

    ‘The Mystery of Love and Sex’ Looks at Identity and Secrets Too

    Charles Isherwood

    March 2, 2015: The detective work in The Mystery of Love & Sex, a perfectly wonderful new play by Bathsheba Doran that opened on Monday at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater, extends well beyond the matters of high importance referred to in the title. In this tender and funny exploration of the lives of two couples from two generations, Ms. Doran also probes such fertile mysteries as the fluidity of identity, our ability to keep secrets from both our family and even ourselves, and the difficulty — and the rewards — of forgiveness. Nevertheless, love and sex are very much at the center of the play, which is among the season’s finest so far. Ms. Doran (Kin) delves into so many matters of the heart that her play gains an almost dizzying momentum. By the end you may feel giddy, as if you’d just stepped off a whirling theme-park ride. Although there are just four characters onstage (very briefly a fifth), Ms. Doran’s drama is so packed with humanity that it seems infinitely larger, like a chart depicting the sexual and emotional anatomy of us all. Charlotte (Gayle Rankin) and Jonny (Mamoudou Athie) are hosting a dinner for her parents as the play opens. They are still in college, so the trappings are as modest as the meal, which is basically a salad and some bread. The Southern-reared Lucinda (Diane Lane) takes this in stride, chirping perhaps a few times too many about how “bohemian” it all is, while Howard (Tony Shalhoub), who’s Jewish and from New York, grimaces at the prospect of sitting on the floor and eating bread with no butter. (Mr. Shalhoub makes a priceless bit of comedy from Howard’s complicated attempt to wedge himself under the low table.)



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