Already closed | 1h 10m | Upper W Side

Plot Points in Our Sexual Development

From 89 member  reviews
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.  More…

Theo and Cecily want to be honest about their sexual histories, but what happens when telling the truth jeopardizes everything?

1h 10m | Already closed | Claire Tow Theater (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (89)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent
71
Avg Score

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.

76
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if Hall's sexual confessional is riveting in its raw emotional power & ambitious in confronting stereotypical gender definitions Great acting

Don't see it if Despite the high quality of writing & performance often feels static & forced Early on feels like a lesbian spreadsheet; later gets mawkish

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You want an exploration of a relationship with characters that want to be heard but don't have the language to be understood.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with frank discussions of sexuality & gender. You prefer plays with bigger production values.

66
Poignant but slight play about gender confusion in relationship between 2 women

See it if in 1st part 2 fine female actors tell searing/sometimes hilarious individual stories about finding their sexual identities

Don't see it if 2nd part where the characters, one trans, the other confused, try to navigate their relationship is, well, confused; no new LGBTQ insights

74
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Explicit

See it if very well acted, intense short play (60 minutes).

Don't see it if You are not comfortable with very explicit discussions of sex. Read up on the play beforehand to see if it is for you.

Also It is not clear at first why these stories are being told, where are t... Read more Read less

77
Delightful, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you like to be challenged with Frank presentations of real life, first in developing snippets, then in a mature relationship. Great lighting

Don't see it if you do not like discussions of sexual development or gender issues.

75
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great directing, A little tedious

See it if you are interested in gender conformity and why a lesbian is attracted to a transmale. Great performances from the two actors.

Don't see it if you are not interested or uncomfortable with the idea of gender conformity. Also, if you are uncomfortable with sex talk.

73
Revealing private intimate details, Romantic attachment enacted on almost bare stage, Storytelling two hander, Absorbing

See it if Protected young woman recognizes her femme lesbian sexuality & attraction to butch lesbian becoming trans man; ends exploring possibilities.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in the touching details of growing up outside of gender norms, or you want a more fully developed plot.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a slow burn story that is a heartfelt and beautiful voyeuristic look into a couple's navigation of their life together.

Don't see it if You don't like queer characters, minimalistic sets, or shows that revolve around a conversation told in real time

67
Ambitious, Disappointing, Edgy, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if See if you enjoy a two person intense dialogue about their sexuality , early developmental traumas and communication.

Don't see it if If you prefer light dramas or musicals.

75
Short (moves briskly) / recommended, Well-done unique staging / bare set (2 chairs) / good lighting, Strong beautiful raw performances / intimate theater, Intense work-in-progress / timely / important / enriching, Humorous set-up (monologues) / moving arc (dialogue) / awkward resolve

See it if you want to see an unique play that goes from monologues (alternate story-telling & sharing) to actual dialogue (couple's interaction).

Don't see it if anything GLBTQ irks you. Well-done piece explores their personal sexual experiences, then their relationship, thru very raw descriptions.

Also Ever so slightly voyeuristic...... Read more Read less

74
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if A series of "monologues" that eventually becomes dialogue talking about relationships, well acted

Don't see it if Need a "plot".

68
Banal, Indulgent

See it if If you're trans and want to see someone like you on stage. You want to hear people go on and on about how magical sex is.

Don't see it if If you don't want to watch other people talk about unpleasant experiences and argue about sex.

26
Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if experiencing a WEIRD new American play make you feel special.

Don't see it if you are expecting something exciting and new because all you are going to get out of this experience is the something new part of the offer.

Also I had HIGH EXPECTATIONS for this play and my expectations quickly disa... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Banal, Edgy, Raunchy, Great lighting

See it if Intense, frank, and overwhelmingly personal relationship details. Queer sex. Working through intimacy with new partners.

Don't see it if You don't want to encounter the above topics. You're looking for a resolved, Aristotelian narrative arc. 65 minutes is too short for you (?)

Also The play started out phenomenally, and I was captivated. The reminisce... Read more Read less

71
Thought-provoking

See it if Radically diving into a queer couple's traumatic sexual stories and laying it all out there. Gets emotionally charged and complex fast.

Don't see it if Barely 1 hour plays feel too short. Gets almost clinical psych w/a lot of gender non conforming, complex queer histories and discussions.

Also Ticket from online website using LincTix (age 21 - 35) for $27.25.

74
Absorbing, Confusing, Disappointing, Profound, Relevant

See it if You like seeing the alternative to Cis male and Cis female relationships: a trans male and lesbian's relationship on full display, however,

Don't see it if It's more of a history of their individual {sexual} lives, as opposed to a collective one. It was ok, until it was like "are they together?"

24
Good actors completely wasted on a slim, unnecessarily vulgar plot, 60 minutes that felt more like 600, Excruciating, Indulgent, Raunchy

See it if like seeing the talents of two good actors completely wasted on a slim, unnecessarily vulgar script - performed on an essentially void stage

Don't see it if want to be uplifted-prefer a musical-want a large scale production. The 2 actors appear to have talent, but the material given them sucked.

70
Funny, Modern, Slow burning, Entertaining, Gender issues

See it if you want funny but heart felt tales of a person's sexual and gender identities and how small experiences make up who we are as adults

Don't see it if you don't like hearing discussions of sex or gender identity. If you need an actual linear plot and scenes.

74
Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Difficult

See it if you are open minded and see a normalization of LGBTQ work as a necessary first step in this two hander

Don't see it if you desire a traditional play or cannot understand or empathize with the layer of complexity of LGBTQ relationships (as seen in my audience)

73
Refreshing depiction of genderqueer relationship, Modest effort: modestly successful, Unsatisfying conclusion

See it if you want to see the joys, insecurities & challenges of a romance between a cis queer woman & a transmasculine genderqueer person depicted

Don't see it if you don't like experimental structure or frank talk about queer sexuality; are frustrated by an underdeveloped (barely hour-long) two-hander

Also O brave new world that hath such creatures in it, but how will these n... Read more Read less

70
Undeveloped, Much talk, Plot enters ploddingly, Intelligent, Abstract

See it if you’re interested in the the theme of gender identity, contemporary relationship issues, good acting, and a promising playwright.

Don't see it if you want ideas embedded in a plot that invites emotional investment from even those who don’t share in the particularities ofmthe characters

80
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You're interested in the development of genderqueer relationships

Don't see it if you aren't interested in LGBTG+ relationships

79
Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if You enjoy new, experimental theater. Cast of two reveal themselves in intimate ways.

Don't see it if Let’s face it, this is an experience about growing up gay.


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...
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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 que...
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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 Poi...
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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 detai...
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