by Heather McAllister · August 17, 2014
The Text of Sex, Michele Aldin Kushner’s new who-done-it/dramedy, is a quick moving and cleverly structured exploration of the dynamics and power shifts within relationships, and how we navigate them in our brave new electronically enhanced world.
We find ourselves immediately immersed in the dynamics of one struggling Upper West Side family and discover that relationships, whether familial, friendly or romantic, can be a tricky business. Teachers can need schooling. Parents can need parenting. And children can need much more than their cellphones to communicate.
As the mother of a teenager, and as a person myself, I am all too familiar with the problems that social dynamics and electronics present, no matter what your age. Discretion and old-school common sense can place a distant second behind immediacy and the pursuit of bigger-better-shinier.
Making sense of who we are as people, both individually and in our various groups is tough for everyone. And being true to who you are, or even knowing where to begin looking to find yourself is really what this play is about.
I particularly enjoyed director Bruce “Master B” Baek’s staging, Patricia Randell and Tom O’Keefe as the parents, and AC Horton as the best-frenemy. Mason O’Sullivan learns a valuable lesson as Jason, and Julienne Jones is a believably spunky, bratty and sweet Delilah.
Although the abrupt ending and accompanying character shifts did little to solve or explain the current problems cellphones and sexting bring, I found the play interesting, quite enjoyable and thought provoking.