Those of you who have had sex with a stranger raise your hand. Those of you who enjoy hot passionate sex also raise your hand. Those of you with your hand in the air you should really think about going to see Sex with Strangers, those of you with your hand down you should DEFINITELY go see Sex with Strangers.
You know when you get that feeling when someone hot walks into the room and you feel a spark that makes you want to tear off their clothes? Olivia (Jacqueline McKenzie) is at a writer retreat up in rural Michigan when Ethan (Ryan Corr) bursts through the door. Olivia is quite a conservative individual who is one of those people who lines up all her books in a row, in size order. Now Ethan simply oozes sex, the swagger, posture and how he always seems to draw your attention to his crotch without even realising. When the two of them set eyes on each other you can see any minute now they are going to be wrapped around each other or scrambling to get each others’ clothes off. Give or take twenty minutes they both run up to the bedroom, it’s not too bad considering they are strangers.
Jocelyn Moorhouse has directed what can be described as a modern take on a traditional love story. With references to internet dating, sex blogs and porn it is smack bang in the 21st century where everyone must be connected to the internet and tweeting about every bodily function.
Laura Eason has created a story that could almost be the modern day When Harry Met Sally. It is funny, touching and quite enjoyable to think the roles are reversed and we have an older woman seduced by a much younger sex-obsessed male, and boy does he enjoy seducing her.
The set needs a special mention as when you walk in you almost want to continue walking and recline on the ever-inviting couch that takes centre stage. The performance space is as relaxing and tranquil as you imagine a writer retreat to be with copious amounts of flowing alcohol.
Jacqueline McKenzie as Olivia is genuine and real on stage. She makes you laugh and makes you want to push her on to Ethan when he first arrives as you can see she is holding back and ever so painful to watch, as we have all been through that at one time or another when you are attracted but have to hold back. Ryan Corr as Ethan is sex on legs. There is not one ounce of fat on that body and he seems to spend a lot of time in the first act with not much on at all. His performance of a Gen Y is perfect. Running at a million miles per hour and almost not coping without the use of the internet, tv or mobile phone while on retreat but finding some solace in Olivia and the flowing bottle of white.
If you like a good comedy, a clever piece of theatre or sex with strangers then you are bound to enjoy this production. This is a perfect first date event or something that will entertain you for a couple of hours. Sex with Strangers would have to be the most modern take on a classic romance that has hit the Sydney stage this year… and who doesn’t like a play with plenty of hot steamy sex?
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