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The Sensuality Party
By Justin Kuritzkes

Apr. 25-7 Pace University NYC
Apr. 28 Pace University Westchester
Apr. 29 Gallatin School, NYC
May 2, 3, 4 Brooklyn College
May 5 Lehmann College (Bronx)
May 9 College of Staten Island
May 10 Stella Adler Studio of Acting
May 11 LaGuardia Community College
Mar 12, 13 Baruch College

Staged for tiny audiences in common rooms at various New York City colleges, this play about a student experiment with group sex gone horribly wrong is a fascinating and intensely discomfiting experience. The action consists mostly of monologues and duologues delivered by fine young actors who blend into the audience and thus speak inches away from spectators, confiding the stickiest intimate details as if confessing and venting to trusted friends. Thankfully, author Justin Kuritzkes doesn’t merely document the naïve and reckless behavior of these kids. He also probes the moral implications—of their speech and thoughts as well as their actions—seeding their erotic memories and fantasies with images of terrorism. The Sensuality Party, lucidly directed by Danya Taymor for The New Group, is like a moody answer to the notoriously explicit Thomas Bradshaw in which a younger, equally explicit playwright, rather than avoiding ethical judgment, arranges dramatic voices into an oratorio-like tribunal. The room is thick with talent and musk. Not to be missed.


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