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Exposed

From 7 critic and 40 member reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Edgy

About the show

A devised theater piece inspired by true events, "Exposed" tells the story of Lauren, a college freshman who chooses to do adult films to pay for her tuition.  More…

When Lauren's secret is discovered she is bombarded with harassment from fellow students, social media and talk show hosts. She defends all of these criticisms with grace and intelligence, but are the consequences worth it? 



95
Geeks

"Brilliantly written, directed and acted, this 85 minute intermission-less play seems to go by with the blink of an eye...Humor, simulated sex scenes and Lauren's dilemmas make this nuanced show both deep and resonant...The other two actors in this play are equally superb...The play shines on every level. Surely, this play with its fine acting, can and should go to a bigger house when it's run is done at MCS." Full Review

95
Gotham Review NYC

"One of those ‘hidden gems’. Brilliantly written, directed and acted, this 85 minute intermission-less play seems to go by with the blink of an eye...Heckler’s conception of this play is brilliant, as is her direction. Humor, simulated sex scenes and Lauren’s dilemmas make this nuanced show both deep and resonant...’Exposed’ is magnificent. The play shines on every level. Surely this play with it’s fine acting can, and should go to a bigger house when it’s run is done at MCS.” Full Review

90
Times Square Chronicles

“All three performers are terrific...Heckler’s direction is masterful. This show has a lot of sex scenes that are well handled, yet don’t shy away from the what is happening...Though graphic, you are not made to feel ill at ease or that you are a voyeur...There is partial nudity, strong language due to the nature of the subject but, the play is well-crafted and filled with humor...This show is well done on all levels and is truly worth seeing. Bravo.” Full Review

85
BroadwayWorld

"It is the kind of show that raises eyebrows for some and brings others to ponder what it would be like to release the sexual 'freak' within. Either way, I'm not sure if it comes as a shock to audiences in this progressive world of ours...Never have I seen a show that both compels us to experiment with our innermost desires and cause us to think about them at the same time...The story would not have been told as perfectly as it was without a stellar cast and crew." Full Review

85
TheaterScene.net

"The play is a thoughtful and illuminating look at the attractions and perils of a career in adult entertainment. Lauren's story is a cautionary tale, yes, but the underlying attitude of the play is 'sex positive.' Heckler and her associates do not shame Lauren/Scarlett for choosing to be open and unashamed about her sexuality. Yes, they show that a life in porn can be a dicey and occasionally harrowing proposition, brimming with a high quotient of misogynistic and creepy behavior." Full Review

80
On Stage Blog

"These polarizing subjects tease the audience like foreplay that never quite satisfies, staying superficial...Raimondi’s turbo-charged effervescence gives way to an incredibly nuanced, powerful performance...Riveting performances by Phillips and Sherrow...Ms. Heckler’s direction and the ensemble’s script are equal parts shockingly brave and vulnerable, a raw dissection of one girl’s decisions magnifying a nation’s sickness." Full Review

75
Theatre is Easy

"Kristen Heckler’s staging is artful and tasteful, which is impressive considering it includes representations of a multitude of sexual acts and positions...The script is organic and honest, and as performed by this excellent three-person cast, never feels forced...Its structure could use revision...While 'Exposed' is an enjoyable enough piece, with much to recommend, I’m confused about what Heckler and the cast want me to take away from this experience." Full Review


95
Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Honest!, Intelligent

See it if You want to see one of the best shows I’ve ever seen dealing with porn/sexuality. Funny and honest. Well written/acted/directed/staged.

Don't see it if I would say if porn truly upsets you maybe this show’s not for you but if you can go in with an open mind maybe it is exactly what you need.

Also I LOVED this show. The acting was fantastic. Well written and directed... Read more Read less

93
Edgy, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Great writing

See it if you want to experience theatre that pushes the envelope, foregoing commercialism for frank storytelling.

Don't see it if you dislike nudity, course subject matter or small, intimate productions without bells and whistles

Also Sometimes theatre can be uncomfortable, and that's OK. Not everything ... Read more Read less

92
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you are open minded to sexual themes and "simulation".

Don't see it if you are offended by sexual talk & action. 2 instances of brief nudity, so no kids!

Also I really enjoyed it. The simulated sex themes were well done & origina... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Relevant, Riveting, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in the impact of porn on those involved, and society's view of it

Don't see it if are offended by porn, simulated sex, vulgarity, partial nudity

Also Great play discussing how porn affects those directly involved as well... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if Acting great.Sarah Raimondi an edge above. Tough topic to handle so well. Nice intimate space. Hope it ends up elsewhere. Thought provoking

Don't see it if Not for everyone. One needs an open mind. Sad ........................................... more. audience great

90
Absorbing, Edgy, Riveting

See it if You're interested in edgy aspects of contentemporary college students

Don't see it if If your tastes are somewhat prudish

89
Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy great acting from a small cast who uses their space limitations to inventively tell a story highlighting the effects of bullying.

Don't see it if you have a problem with the porn industry, simulated sex acts or brief nudity.

89
Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if One of the best shows i have seen this year. Well Witten, directed acted. Makes you see both sides, all sides of porn.

Don't see it if If you dont want a play that deals wi th porn.

88
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want a well acted, nuanced treatment of pornography.The play doesnt preach but successfully exposes many facets of this complex issue

Don't see it if you would feel uncomfortable watching simulated (clothed and non-touching) sex acts.

87
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Edgy

See it if Excellent production, thoughtful, tasteful rendering of taboo subject. Acting Superlative.

Don't see it if Pornography is a touchy topic, and this is a ​multidimensional portrayal of someone involved in the industry.

87
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you want a real to life story and characters brilliantly played by young actors, two playing multiple parts with finesse - lots of potential

Don't see it if you are bothered by honest portrayals of sex and the pornography business and the consequences for young participants. Small production.

86
Absorbing, Relevant, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if A thought-provoking play that allows you to explore your own feelings on a thorny issue, porn and the women in it, and biases come up.

Don't see it if Are offended by brief nudity, sexual representative acts, are close-minded, or don't like actors playing multiple characters.

Also If you know anything about what this story is based off of, this play ... Read more Read less

86
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you are interested in the thoughts/experiences of a girl who was "caught" trying to finance her college tuition by starring in porn videos.

Don't see it if you are offended by subjects like porn industry, simulated sex, short partial nudity.

Also Very well-done production with outstanding acting by all 3 actors tryi... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in sexuality, novel ways of storytelling, and thinking about female empowerment as it relates to sex.

Don't see it if You are offended by frank discussions about sex and pornography. You want to see traditional theater.

Also Fascinating show based on the true story of the Duke student who was “... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Sexy, Funny

See it if “You are a contradiction,” the director tells freaky feminist Lauren. Sadly, L's sexual openness also brings societal shame. Terrific acting

Don't see it if You don’t want to be tittilated and challenged at the same time. Thrills, greed, naivete, friendship, betrayal & disillusionment.

85
Great acting, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if you want to see (despite the simulated sex scenes) a PG-13 look at the porn industry. Great direction and acting, but a limited protagonist

Don't see it if you don't want a protagonist who justifies her addiction as "liberating"

Also Kaytlin Bailey's "Cuntagious" and Dipti Mehta’s "Honour: Confessions o... Read more Read less

84
Strong cast, Uneven, Sexy, Swift

See it if you'd like a presentation of how a porn career, freely entered, might prove a trap eventually anyway.

Don't see it if simulated sex acts, even when framed, endistanced & mostly clothed, makes you uncomfortable.

Also I found "Exposed" smart & sexy. The writing is mostly sharp. The simul... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You would like to see a play about a small town girl goes to college, and pays tuition through acting in online adult entertainment site

Don't see it if You are offended by nudity, sensual clothing, sexual referrals, sex scene, pornoghraphy, etc.

Also What a refreshing play that explores women sexuality and does it in su... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like true stories brought to life by some very talented actors, it has a nice pace and really holds the audience's attention

Don't see it if you don't like the pornography topic and all the things surrounding someone in the industry

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a true story brought to life by three talented actors. The play moves right along, holding the audience's interest.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with frank discussions (and enactments) of sexual activities.

Also I was particularly impressed with the "choreography" of the sexual sce... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Tastefully raunchy, Relevant

See it if You want to see courageous, timely work by an ensemble exploring the price of one woman's sexual independence & ownership of her body.

Don't see it if You can't deal with explicit sexual themes, or expect more physically explicit porn in this honest look at the effects of that industry.

Also The result of a two-year collaboration between director Heckler & her ... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Funny, Edgy, Great performances, Impressive ensemble work

See it if you are impressed with ensemble performances where a few actors move smoothly between multiple characters. This is beautifully done.

Don't see it if you are revolted or triggered by porn films. I found plot predictable and the main character's choices disappointing.

80
Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Predictable

See it if you are interested in learning why some young women turn to acting in porn and the effect this has on their lives.

Don't see it if you want to learn something new. Although well done and entertaining this play has no surprises, ends as expected.

80
Great writing, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in the story of a young woman who decides to join the porn industry. Good acting except for the caricatured parents.

Don't see it if You don't want to see simulated sex acts or aren't interested in the story. But it's quite well written and engaging.

80
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Strong acting

See it if you'd like a tale of co-ed paying for tuition thru porn. Insightful study of porn pros/cons. Well-acted in sm theater. Some heavy material.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable w nudity/simulated sex. Ultimately negative view of porn industry/high cost of college/hypocrisy of porn consumers.