Regional Reviews: Philadelphia
The story is fairly straightforward, keeping the focus on the authentic dialogue and excellent performances. The action takes place on the campus of fictive Watson College. The women of the Survivor's Support Group are feeling optimistic about their ability to end all sexual assault, and the Men's Peer Education Group is confident they can channel empathy and self-awareness into real social change. What starts out as satire quickly becomes something more when we learn that one of the men in the Peer Education Group has assaulted a woman in the Survivors' Support Group. There are funny moments throughout, but also a mounting sense of tension that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.
In the InterAct production, an The incredibly talented ensemble of five played all the parts. It was enlightening. Emily Lynn was inadvertently smug and awesomely angry. Brett Ashley Robison gave her roles authenticity and depth. Lexie Braverman was disarmingly tender as an earnestly emotional college guy. Bi Jean Ngo brought a remarkable sincerity and adorable energy to her roles. Maggie Johnson's performance displayed both impressive range and nuance. Katherine Fritz' costumes were spot on and this cast made the most of it.
When Sensitive Guys goes up again I will be first in line, hoping for a cast as good as this one.
Sensitive Guys ran January 19 - February 11, 2018, at the Proscenium Theater at the Drake, 302 S. Hicks St., Center City PA. For information about the show or InterAct Theatre Company call 215-568-8079 or visit interactthreatre.org.