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Plot Points in Our Sexual Development
Upper W Side
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Plot Points in Our Sexual Development NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(88 Reviews)
Positive
67%
Mixed
30%
Negative
3%
Members say
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent

About the Show

Lincoln Center presents this new drama, a contemporary queer love story, which explores gender, intimacy, and the dangers of revealing yourself to the person you love. 

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80
Relevant, Great writing, Confusing (but not in a bad way), Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You want to be challenged with some controversial(?) ideas and thoughts and probably have your notions turned more than once.

Don't see it if You’re homophobic or trans-phobic, though that’s a good reason you SHOULD see it, this might open your eyes a bit.

70
Ambitious, Relevant, Cloying, Underdeveloped, Interesting

See it if you want to watch a burgeoning couple wade in the deep end of the modern day dating pool & try to navigate the waters of gender fluidity.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with frank & explicit discussions of sex; you aren't willing to tolerate a rather insufferable pair for 70 minutes.

Critic Reviews (10)

October 22nd, 2018

"It seems for most of its length to keep present-tense emotion at bay, as if in some kind of exercise...They tell stories that describe, as the flat-footed title suggests, the high and mostly low moments of their sex lives to date...These stories feel overworked to me, amusing enough but too neat for their own good...Even when it stares hardest at its navel, it’s never less than intriguing...Lovely performances...make time slow down and give the story body."
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October 22nd, 2018

"'Plot Points' starts out strong; both performers easily disarm the audience...The play loses steam once they stop swapping stories and get to the heart of the matter, and its supposed resolution is more like a resigned shrug. Still, the insights it provides into the ever-evolving universe of queer identity will likely send you down your own Memory Lane, no matter where you fall on the x and y axes of the sexuality graph."
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October 24th, 2018

“’Plot Points’ turns to candid storytelling, to the vulnerable sharing of personal narrative, as perhaps our most powerful tool in finding our way toward each other...The tone is light, generous, seemingly relaxed, and the characters’ reminiscences relatable...In a way it’s a mercy that ‘Plot Points’ only lasts an hour, because its evocation of this kind of unraveling-sweater, state-of-the-union conversation is excruciatingly on point.”
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October 22nd, 2018

"This one-hour two-hander is at its best when it is divulging the series of events that helped Catholic goody-goody Cecily realize that she is a femme lesbian, and led Theo down the well-traveled path from butch lesbian to transgender. Hall has written these stories with ample wit and vivid detail...Both actors are captivating storytellers...For an hourlong chat about sex though, it is thoroughly unsexy, which makes this play a triumph of normalizing literature, but fairly dull drama."
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October 23rd, 2018

“Hall's 'Plot Points In Our Sexual Development' helps expand our idea of cultural norms to stories involving types of people who don't regularly have a chance to see dramas involving characters living lives like their own...Hall's dialogue, tenderly acted...can be devastating...Although this reviewer could have done with a little less storytelling and a lot more direct interaction between the characters, ‘Plot Points' is very deserving of this crisp and well-acted premiere production.”
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October 22nd, 2018

"An intriguingly constructed, movingly written look at a very specific relationship...It’s deeply, almost shockingly frank, and it’s also deeply revelatory...The script is carefully balanced and slowly unpacks its secrets. Her structure is precise, and so is her wording. Even the jokes build carefully and land precisely. Margot Bordelon’s direction sharpens this effect...This is a smart, well-made play that is very much of its time, a look at the brave new world of gender nonconformity."
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October 23rd, 2018

“A must see. With expert direction...the one-hour piece is succinct, lyrical, and deeply affecting...Amazing performances...Jackson and Rendón are absolutely present...Through Bordelon’s wonderful direction, we feel invited into the relationship...The grace and care with which these characters move through each moment of the play and navigate the difficulties of this conversation is a lesson in understanding, care, and acceptance, regardless of our identity.”
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October 23rd, 2018

“Hall’s new play about gender fluidity is so short...But it was so talky and tedious that it seemed much longer...For the first twenty minutes, we get alternating monologues of episodes from their respective psychosexual histories...All is not as it first seems. The concept is interesting, but the play seemed a work in progress, more confusing than elucidating, more theoretical than dramatic.”
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October 28th, 2018

“Jackson and Redón are simply ravishing, dynamic, and magnetic as they play this pair whose profound connection you never once question...I left the theatre shook by the truth of Cecily and Theo’s journey—inspired by the dynamics of Ms. Hall’s own relationship—and grateful for the opportunity to see a queer love story so honestly portrayed on stage with abounding focus, unsparing detail, and honorable integrity under the helm of director Margot Bordelon."
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October 23rd, 2018

"In a swift and affecting 60 minutes, Hall crafts a powerful demonstration of how hard we often must fight to queer our own identities in the context of oppressive social norms...Jackson and Rendón deliver frank, heartfelt performances under Margot Bordelon’s crisp direction...If the play’s dramatic conflict ultimately seems slight, the depths plunged by Hall’s play present a bone-deep counterargument to the absurdity of legislating gender as binary or biological. "
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