Sell/Buy/Date
Closed 1h 30m
Sell/Buy/Date
85

Sell/Buy/Date NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(140 Reviews)
Positive
96%
Mixed
3%
Negative
1%
Members say
Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Funny, Absorbing

About the Show

Manhattan Theatre Club presents a new solo show from Tony winner Sarah Jones, inspired by the real-life experiences of people affected by the commercial sex industry.

Read more Show less

Member Reviews (140)

Sort by:
  • Default
  • Standing in our community
  • Highest first
  • Lowest first
  • Newest first
  • Oldest first
  • Only positive
  • Only negative
  • Only mixed
80
Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Funny

See it if you want to think, laugh, admire. SJ is masterful in her writing and acting. Looking back on sexual mores exposes their idiocy and danger.

Don't see it if The subplot is intrusive, disruptive. But this is a quibble. SBD is entertaining, enlightening, engaging; perfect for the small space.

90
Thought-provoking, Funny, Relevant, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You want to learn more about sex workers and their clients, and think about the human condition. The writing and acting are excellent.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the topic. You don't enjoy one-person shows.

Critic Reviews (20)

The New York Times
October 18th, 2016

"Jones seems to slip into the soul of another person with the casual ease that most of us use to slide into a pair of flip-flops...Although the play’s subject matter is ostensibly dark, there is a lot of unexpected humor...Indeed, if 'Sell/Buy/Date' has a flaw, it is perhaps that the show is almost too entertaining, too slight, for the harsh subject underlying it...I do wish that she had delved a little deeper, and allowed the darkness of the details to come through with more grit."
Read more

Time Out New York
October 18th, 2016

"Anyone who saw the performer's equally jaw-dropping 2006 turn, 'Bridge & Tunnel,' will know her ability to vocally and physically transform...Here, she does not disappoint, blending virtuosic mimicry with a sly feminist message that if erotic power relations do not evolve, it could be the death of us. Directed with maximum style and clarity by Carolyn Cantor, 'Sell/Buy/Date' shows the protean Jones staging a one-woman orgy of provocative ideas."
Read more

New York Magazine / Vulture
October 18th, 2016

"It’s a rococo frame, to be sure, and a bit rickety as well. Some of the writing in these sections comes off as bald reportage...At other times, she goes for jokey commentary...The characters are constantly being hammered into an argument rather than being allowed their full independent interest...But if there is some opportunism in the setup, Jones eventually makes it pay off...When the jokes and the argument merge into something much less easily classified."
Read more

The Hollywood Reporter
October 18th, 2016

"Jones delivers characters who are vividly rendered and wittily written, making many insightful points about the complex subject matter in the process. And she displays an amazing ability to morph from one to the next...Still, despite all of Jones' linguistic and performing aplomb, the elaborate narrative structure proves needlessly distracting...There are so many powerful and real stories on display in 'Sell/Buy/Date'...that the fictional construct seems superfluous."
Read more

Variety
October 18th, 2016

"Even as the show expands, darkening the content and making the subjects more pitiable, Jones never entirely loses that cutting humor...Each character that Jones inhabits gives her a hook on which to hang some damning fact about contemporary sexual mores...If the show does get a bit preachy at the end, it helps to remember that Jones is a political activist...The theater community has previously awarded her with a Tony, and now, as always, our sincere admiration and undivided attention."
Read more

New York Daily News
October 24th, 2016

"Writer-performer Sarah Jones is a human chameleon. In her new solo piece she summons a melting pot of characters in the blink of an eye, along with a shift in voice, posture and attitude. Jones is so spellbinding that you you almost — but not quite — don’t notice that the futuristic story about the commercial sex trade — buyers and sellers — adds up to less than the sum of her vivid characters. Carolyn Cantor’s sleek direction is a plus, a weak subplot isn’t."
Read more

Theatermania
October 18th, 2016

"Her performances go beyond convincing mimicry to get at something every genuine theater artist strives to achieve: profound empathy...Director Carolyn Cantor has smartly opted for simplicity, allowing the production to speed along at a breezy 85 minutes while Jones does what she does best...Beyond policy considerations, Sarah Jones is making a special kind of theatrical magic in 'Sell/Buy/Date' by taking a difficult issue and putting multiple human faces on it."
Read more

BroadwayWorld
October 19th, 2016

"Though solo performer Sarah Jones is rightfully celebrated for her exacting skills that quickly morph herself into a seemingly limitless collection of characters of diverse ages, ethnicities, nationalities and personalities, she doesn't seem to get proper credit as a playwright...'Sell/Buy/Date' has a thin plot that connects ninety minutes worth of vividly realized character monologues. While each can stand on its own, they gather strength together as an exploration of the play's subject."
Read more

Lighting & Sound America
October 25th, 2016

"When it comes to the multiple-character solo show format, the lady simply has no peer. Her ability to slip into a variety of personae is beyond compare...If 'Sell/Buy/Date' is going to have an extended life, Jones might want to take another look at the piece's structure...Under Carolyn Cantor's light-handed direction, however, Jones deftly walks a tightrope, hitting her comic targets with unfailing accuracy and never slipping into exploitation."
Read more

Talkin' Broadway
October 18th, 2016

"Of all the stage artists whose chosen medium is the one-person play, Jones stands alone as a uniquely gifted interpreter of the endless swath of diversity, color, and craziness we call humanity...But 'Sell/Buy/Date' as a piece of writing is considerably less captivating...The sheer number of figures Jones portrays prevents her from delving too deeply into any of them, which gives the show a choppy quality that doesn't help it say much of anything that hasn't already been said."
Read more

Theatre is Easy
October 20th, 2016

"Jones' ability to seamlessly transform from one character to another is mind-blowing, and that she has won Obie and Tony Awards for her prowess will surprise no one who sees this production. It’s tight, nuanced, and brilliantly-written...It’s complex stuff and Jones has done a masterful job of uncovering its many layers. Indeed, while she makes no effort to hide her perspective, 'Sell/Buy/Date' is presented with a light enough touch to encourage open and freewheeling discussion."
Read more

Theater Pizzazz
October 18th, 2016

"A poignant and surprisingly amusing exploration of the sex work industry...For all its strengths in blending the personal and the political, the one-act piece might have been slightly more effective without a rather forced subplot...There are a few other weak spots in the show that director Carolyn Cantor, who does a mostly excellent job with the proceedings, simply fails to cover up. But by the show’s end, you’ll definitely be convinced how seriously invested Jones is in her subject."
Read more

CurtainUp
October 18th, 2016

"Jones is a remarkable performer and sharp observer. And she's come up with an amusing futuristic spin on the sex industry's growth and reach into themes of gender dynamics, personal identity and feminism. That said, her characters do slip into stereotypical territory, and the piece, even at just 85 minutes, feels overly long...My quibbles notwithstanding, director Carolyn Cantor has staged this multi-voiced monologue fluidly."
Read more

Times Square Chronicles
October 24th, 2016

"Each one of her many multicultural portrayals is brilliantly detailed in mannerisms, accent, and body language, while also being very real and moving in content...But these characterizations are just the tip of the iceberg in regard to where the true artistry lies is this dazzling new work. Her power and genius is based more on what this assortment of characters are saying...Teaching us through storytelling...Enlightening and engaging us while being entertained."
Read more

The Clyde Fitch Report
October 21st, 2016

"A brilliant discourse on commercial sex practices that puts everything into an intelligent, amusing, politically profound context...This is anything but dry. Jones’ lecturer is constantly funny. The jokes are like condiments: broadly spread...She’s a welcome beacon of wisdom at a time when idiocy is our chief political commodity. If you ask me, she could not have strolled in with her perspectives soon enough. Let’s crown her with laurels."
Read more

B
October 18th, 2016

"Most of the characters are vividly created and some of the points they make are thought-provoking. The lecture is punctuated by several interruptions during which the professor attempts to resolve a problem that is delaying her appointment as head of a new department. I thought this subplot undercut rather than enhanced the main idea...While is was a great pleasure to see Sarah Jones again, I was slightly disappointed by the material."
Read more

Broadway & Me
November 12th, 2016

"It's a real treat to watch Jones bring her disparate characters to life with sharp-edged artistry and a generous spirit that almost saves them from coming across as caricatures. But the message they're supposed to be delivering isn't as successful. And a melodramatic subplot about the professor's pending promotion and her uneasy relationship with her mother merely distracts from the main subject…It felt wrong to be laughing in the presence of the larger subject matter."
Read more

NorthJersey.com
October 19th, 2016

"Jones dazzled Broadway audiences 10 years ago with 'Bridge & Tunnel'...In her new solo work, her remarkable impersonation skill, using gestures and expressions as well as her voice, is just as prodigious, even if her subject, the sex industry, is somewhat limiting...The show goes down easy, which isn't necessarily a good thing...The stories offer few revelations, and generally sound like things we've heard before. What holds us is Jones' stunning facility in turning herself into everyone else."
Read more

Act Three - The Reviews
October 25th, 2016

"In another one-woman show coup, the indomitable Sarah Jones brings her cadre of characters to life in a creative, clever new show 'Sell/Buy/Date'...Ms. Jones' characters all have accents, mannerisms, and voices that she flawlessly and seamlessly blends in and out of...Ms. Jones has a unique voice and that voice delivers a potent message via all her shows."
Read more

Magical MissTari Tour
November 7th, 2016

"Each character is pitch-perfect in dialect, attitude, physicality-everything that makes a character more human and more relatable, Jones gets right...The show is pretty fast and often very funny about a very serious topic. I maybe would've had more darkness and more pain to more sharply contrast...I like a good deep painful theatrical catharsis. I probably left 'Sell/Buy/Date' without that huge catharsis, but that doesn't mean I didn't have a huge, incredibly good time."
Read more

Watch This Next (3)

83
Great
150+ Reviews
Open run
Six
NYC: Midtown W

An exuberant, pop celebration of 21st century girl power featuring the wives of Henry VIII.

Buy
82
Great
500+ Reviews
Open run
NYC: Midtown W

An actor drinks heavily (think Comedy Central's 'Drunk History') and tries to corral others into enacting a…

Buy
77
Good
133 Reviews
Ends Oct 10
NYC: Midtown W

Following a sold-out run at LCT3, "Pass Over" will come to Broadway for a limited run this August.

Buy