I was not planning on seeing Sell/Buy/Date, but my acting buddy Candace convinced me that this one was going to be worth our time. "I subscribed for a season package, just so I could see this one," she told me, "I watched her on Youtube and I was like '...oh...my...gosh.'" One-man/woman shows are definitely a challenge for both performers and audiences, but I decided to put my faith in Candace's taste in theatre. Plus I will say, the Geffen does hold a pretty impressive track record for one-man/woman shows, at least for the productions I have seen.
And what a fantastic one-woman show it was! After a totally thrilling, though-provoking ride, I was so happy to hear that the show has been extended through April 15th, because a lot of people in LA need to see this show. After the performance, the show's creator and star, Ms. Sarah Jones was very passionate about the $20 rush tickets available for nearly each of the remaining performances and that you have a good shot of nabbing one if you get to the theatre a little early and wait in line. Get'em while you can!
Everybody wants money. Everybody wants sex.
OK, so what makes this show so great? As far as the concept and writing go, you have never seen a show like this, or I even think about this. Never judge a show by its title, because I was completely surprised by the content. Ms. Jones uses her genius imagination to bring us through a fictional (yet highly inspired by actual current events) future where more than one sexual revolution has transpired. Some parts will make you nod along, yeah, that could happen, while others paint a very cringeworthy forecast of where our country could very well be headed. On that note, the characters she uses to convey her story all have stories of their own. No viewpoint is disregarded. The show represents people from all walks of life ranging in ages, nationalities, socioeconomic backgrounds and beliefs. From a performance perspective, Ms. Jones's transformations are absolutely out of this world. After the show I discussed with Candace how you can hear adjustments she's making with her throat for each character's unique voice; she goes that deep. Her ability to instantaneously switch back and forth from character to character is beyond human ability and her accent work is something to aspire to. No matter what character you end up relating to, there is so much to learn from the drastically different experiences of these characters. I for one, found their stories very educational, on both a cultural and emotional level.
This piece is a bit short and sweet because I love this show and I also don't want to spoil the surprise of what you're in for. What I can say is that you probably haven't ever seen anything like this and you probably should. Do your best to catch Sarah Jones's Sell/Buy/Date at the Geffen Playhouse before it closes on Sunday April 15th. And bring a friend along, because this is one you will want to talk about : )