'Sex with Strangers' more witty than hot

By Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporter

Sex with Strangers is less hot and steamy and more witty and thought-provoking.

The show is centered around what follows when the lives of two writers from very different paths of life collide.

The show was written by Laura Eason and performed by two talented actors, Alexandra Novotny and J. Woody Lotts.

The play itself was written in a way where most of the show is dialogue between the two, so the way Novotny and Lotts managed to convey a complex story with not just words but also their tones, body language and expressions was very impressive. 

While the show initially comes off as humorous and lighthearted, it later addresses under the surface questions regarding modern technology, compromising yourself for others, and the conflicts and miscommunications that can accompany relationships. 

The combination of quick-witted dialogue, chemistry between the actors, and well done character development is what ultimately made the show come to life. Co-directors Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick did a fine job at leading the show where it needed to go to make it feel real for the audience.

The production was overall executed well. The sound, done by sound designer Eric Dickman and sound technician Craig Orsinger, lacked at times. The actors had to make up for it by talking louder than the script called for so the audience could hear them. The set, done by set designer Albie Clementi, props, done by properties designer Cyndi Baumgardner, and costumes, done by costume designer Tucker O'Connor, were all good qualities. The costumes reflected the characters' styles and development throughout the story. The use of props to visually show changes throughout the play was also clever. 

The lighting done by lighting technicians and assistants Craig Orsinger, Seth Paulson, Tommy Williamson, and lighting designer Zanna Paulson, went along well with the play. The lighting reflected the moods of the story, whether they were dimmed for more intimate moments, spotlighted for emphasis on important scenes, or brighter for the humorous parts.

Sex with Strangers ends with a fascinating twist as well, that keeps you thinking of the show long after it's ended. 

Sex with Strangers is in the middle of its three weekend showings at Burien Actors Theatre. The show premiered on Feb. 10 and is running until March 5. the showings are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. All the showings are at 14501 Fourth Ave. S.W., Burien. 

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $17 for seniors, $10 for students, and $12 for groups of ten or more. 

For tickets or more information, go to burienactorstheatre.org.

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