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by Ron Irwin


The End of Sex

The show opens with a man and a woman talking in their home.  Upstairs they believe are a young man and young women who are guests for the night.  It doesn’t take long for the senior gentleman Ken played to perfection by  Tom Ormeny to begin verbalizing his suspicions that the young couple in their guest room are having sex, lots of sex.  His imagination is clearly running wild and so his comments are actually very funny.  His wife Nancy masterfully portrayed by Sara Botsford begins to share some of her thoughts on the subject of sex, primarily that she is no longer interested in engaging.  You can just imagine how that revelation impacts Ken.  His reactions are rather predictable but concurrently hilarious.

 

Tom Ormeny and Sara Botsford


As their discussion of sex continues their daughter and her husband arrive.  The daughter Heather convincingly delivered by Austin Highsmith soon concludes that there is more involved than menopause and that her mother needs some serious help.  Her husband Ryan well delivered by Chad Coe sees it differently and comments that Heather always sides with her father and as all of this develops it simply becomes totally zany.  But there is also clearly a dark side in the making.  And then seemingly totally unrelated Nancy begins to tell of her dissatisfaction with the flowers given the her by Ken.  So where is this all going? 

Chad Coe and Austin Highsmith


Along the path the darkness deepens and conflict emerges and grows between Heather and Ryan.  At about this point the show has turned from extremely funny to extremely dark as the characters reveal some very deep emotional issues.  One clear manifestation is when in a rage Ryan swallows a potentially deadly overdose of a tranquilizer.  Clearly the tone of the show has by this point dramatically shifted.  Oh and those two younger folks who were believed to be in the guest room having unrelenting sex, well they had left in the middle of the night.  And as the show comes to its end Nancy is paying very close attention to the flowers she had earlier professed displeasure with.  I got the sense that perhaps the experiences over the past several hours had probably given her a new perspective and also just maybe the true issue has less to do with sex but rather more other deep psychological issues.  But that is just my take away and may well have not been intended.

Lianna Liew and Sara Botsford


Whatever may be your take away may be I promise you will find the show abundant in humor and ultimately thought provoking.  For that kudos go to the writer Gay Walsh and Director Maria Gobetti,  So taking into account all parties involved in ‘The End of Sex’ it is a great show packing plenty of punch.

 
You will find ‘The End of Sex’ at the Victory Theatre Center, 3326 W. Victory Boulevard, Burbank, California now through June 2nd 2019.  Reservations and ticketing are available by calling 1-818-841-5421 or online at: www.thevicorytheatrecenter.org.

Photos:The Victory Theatre Center  


 

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