Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Circle is a sexual romp that takes viewers on a quick tour around what passes for human sexuality in the 21st century.
New York’s Suzanne Bachner updates Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde as a series of eight linked encounters between a man and a woman that involve everything from anonymous sex to cyber sex, procreative sex and sadomasochism. Each carries over a character from the previous scene until the 60-minutes of adult material comes full circle.
While Circle is a frank look at the games people play in pursuit of orgasms, intimacy, power and human connection, it’s also very funny.
The male roles are played with plenty of brio by Bachner’s husband, Bob Brader, at his best when portraying a macho cowboy singer who isn’t what he appears to be. Toronto’s Christel Bartelse is also versatile and sexy, even bundled in her robe as a cyber virgin gleefully finding sexual release in a chat room. If all that dirty talk and simulated sex arouses anyone in the crowd, free condoms are available on the way out of the venue.
- Kevin Prokosh
(Review based on a show seen at an Ontario fringe festival in June.)
From the Fringe program:
Sex. Power. Intimacy. Desire. 3-Time Canadian Comedy Award nominee Christel Bartelse (Oneymoon) and 5-time Best in Fest winner Bob Brader (Spitting In The Face Of The Devil) play 8 characters - gay, straight and bi - linked in a hilarious daisy-chain of sexual encounters from New York to LA and back in this award-winning "white hot, screamingly funny!" comedy.
Director: Suzanne Bachner
Cast: Christel Bartelse & Bob Brader
"Ingenious" - NY Times
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 60 mins.
Under 16 not admitted.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language
Updated on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM CDT:
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