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Sell/Buy/Date

From 140 member  reviews
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. More…

Set in the not-too-distant future and presented as a historical lecture, 'Sell/Buy/Date' explores the sexual exploitation of women in our current age. Through her multicultural characterizations, Jones offers an array of diverse perspectives on a fascinating and incendiary subject, all while preserving the full humanity and humor of voices seldom heard in the theater.


Member Reviews (140)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Funny, Absorbing
85
Avg Score

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.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You enjoyed Bridge and Tunnel, like to see a major talent create variety of characters, enjoy sharp social comment about future of sex work.

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows, can't sympathize with plight of sex workers or take a joke about it, don't like shows resembling stand-up

81
Outstanding sarah jones in one-woman show! about sexploitation! with laughs!

See it if 4 Jones' unique ability 2 impersonate a variety of characters; brilliant satire of indignities of sex trade/sex industry normalized as Coke

Don't see it if /though fascinating lecture about the selling of sex in the future, efforts to personalize Jones as lecturer much less compelling

84
Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want to see a master solo theatrical artist at the peak of her career.

Don't see it if You're not interested in small, one-person shows that confront topical issues, albeit in a comedic manner.

85
Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you enjoy one person multi-character shows with a didactic twist. The subject is sex workers, pornography and exploitation.

Don't see it if you didn't enjoy lectures when you were in school. While each character is well portrayed, the concept is that the theater is a classroom.

92
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Great writing

See it if To see incredible acting in a fascinating one woman show. It was really astounding how convincingly she portrayed so many characters.

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows.

Also I was impressed by the lighting design. The set is simple but sufficie... Read more Read less

72
Absorbing, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like one woman shows in which a character plays many people with different nationalities. Interested in the future and social issues.

Don't see it if You are offended by sexual references. Have a short attention span. Dislike one actor shows,

84
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see some of the best acting on any stage right now. Sarah Jones is brilliant.While the script is flawed, the performance isn't.

Don't see it if you are looking for a serious discussion of sex trafficking.There is a pointless subplot involving the main character and her mother.

89
Interesting concept, socially relevant topic, brilliantly performed; but a touch too long.

See it if you like to watch a single performer transform seamlessly in seconds. you are interested in the complex issue of sex for sale

Don't see it if you dont like political/social commentary. you dont like solo shows

Also This show is worth seeing just to see Sarah Jones. There are clever th... Read more Read less

90
Original, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you would enjoy an unusual presentation of relevant women issues seen from many perspectives, or if you are a fan of Sarah Jones.

Don't see it if you do not like one woman shows and pefer traditionally told stories rather than vignettes of different characters.

80
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever, Slow

See it if you're interested in seeing the wonderful Sarah Jones in her take on future sex and its ramifications.

Don't see it if you don't care for one person shows. Though clever, could benefit from some tightening.

81
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to be thoroughly entertained by a very talented actress.

Don't see it if you dislike one person shows.

66
Disappointing

See it if you like a show with one person portraying various characters who work in the sex industry telling of their experiences.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows who portray dozens of different characters.

86
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Original

See it if You want something different, entertaining, involving and intelligent that takes place in the future. SJ is amazingly talented. Go see it

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional play, musical, or you do not like single person shows. Oh, but SJ is many people.

90
Clever, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you like one-man shows. Sarah Jones can do accents better than Meryl Streep.

Don't see it if if you need the show's content to be at least as good as the acting. The sex-worker theme was interesting, but not riveting.

Also Full disclosure: I've been a big fan of Sarah Jones since she did "Bri... Read more Read less

83
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a solo show by a multi talented performer.

Don't see it if one person shows are not your thing.

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Tour de force, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in contemporary social issues (in this case, sex work) or even if not, just to see Sarah Jones incredible performance.

Don't see it if you don't like one woman shows or have a hard time understanding a variety of accents.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see an amazing actress seamlessly transform herself into numerous characters & talk about issues re women & their rights.

Don't see it if You are misogynistic, don't care about women's rights and issues, or don't like solo performances.

91
Clever, Masterful, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if Sarah Jones is masterful in her portrayal of her grab bag of characters. Funny, touching and thought-provoking

Don't see it if "Plot" is a thin framework to allow for the delivery of all the characters seen in the evening

79
Clever, Interesting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a very well acted one-women show. Cleaver premise works. Characterizations are terrific. Makes you think a little.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show about sex workers.

75
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you like one woman shows; you like political and social issues lightly touched on; you like issue oriented shows; like great voices

Don't see it if don't like one woman shows; don't like shows that deal with social and political issues; like some action in your play;

Also Sarah Jones is perfection in her various characters and voices. She re... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Brilliant writing and character portrayals; doesn't feel like a one woman show; look through various lenses on this important issue

Don't see it if Although there are many funny moments and lots of laughter, it's not just light entertainment

95
Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Exquisite, Masterful

See it if you can at least tolerate one person shows. Masterful. Like a pool pro running the table. Show is moving soon. Just go.

Don't see it if you prefer a traditional cast and dialogue experience. Perhaps five minutes too long. One predictable punch line.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if you liked Bridge and Tunnel or you appreciate a versatile performer at the top of her form.

Don't see it if can't think of any reason not to see this show.


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 almo...
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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 ...
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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....
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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 ...
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