Company: John Montgomery Theatre Company, New York, NY
Venue: 5 - Son of Warehouse
As we meet the characters, we discover sex is rarely pure, and never simple.
A packed house at Circle
's opening show seems to support the old adage that sex sells at the Fringe. But this smart two-hander offers much more than cheap thrills.
Through a series of eight interconnected vignettes, Suzanne Bachner's dramedy explores the modern challenges of that most basic human function - gettin' it on.
The range of characters here includes a sassy stripper, a skeevy frat boy, a cowboy with a secret, and a submissive music producer - and as we meet them, we discover sex is rarely pure, and never simple.
Christel Bartelse and Bob Brader play the eight characters convincingly, though occasionally veer close to caricature (and dodgy accents).
The real star here, though, is Bachner's script, which is sometimes laugh out loud funny, sometimes unsettling, but consistently thoughtful and surprising.
Regardless of what gets you off, Circle
is worth turning on to.