The Mystery of Love & Sex – never solves anything

love and sexIn these days of Tinder and Facebook, love and sex have become even more mysterious.  Bathsheba Doran’s play addresses every question about these topics that must have come to her mind. This, unfortunately, is its failing.

Charlotte and Jonny grew up together and Charlotte’s parents, Lucinda and Howard, have always considered him part of their family. Now the kids are in college and the parents think the friendship has turned romantic. The only stumbling block is that Jonny is black. The couple consider themselves liberal but Lucinda is from the south and even Howard, a northern Jew take pause. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Sexuality, infidelity, race, sex, drugs and rock and roll all come into play.

Some of the writing is hilarious and  the play is well cast. Diane Lane is great as Lucinda. Her performance as a southern belle is the perfect foil to Tony Shaloub’s Howard. The problem is that the play, compelling at the start, falls off the rails.The humor becomes too “over the top”, and the play so laden with absurd situations that Doran ends up losing her audience. She never ends up solving any of life’s mysteries. Instead she just leaves us wondering why she ruined a great idea. LAR

Lincoln Center Theater at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 W.65th Street

Ticket prices: $85

Discounts: Currently not available

Runs thru: April 26, 2015

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, includes one intermission\


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