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The Loneliest Number

From 5 critic and 31 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever

About the show

Amios presents this world premiere comic drama about a married couple's adventures in non-monogamy. More…

In 'The Loneliest Number,' a couple attempts to revive their struggling marriage by taking on a new “third” every month. As these partners and side-partners become wound into each other’s lives, personalities collide and relationships disintegrate, calling into question whether any connection can really be casual. The production marks the directorial debut of Tony Award nominee Maria Dizzia ('In The Next Room,' 'Orange is the New Black.')


"Author Lizzie Vieh’s brilliant play initially appears to be a slight off-beat comedy about a swinging couple’s encounters, but after its first third evolves into a profound, suspenseful and searing exploration of relationships. Ms. Vieh’s dialogue is sharp, filled with well-crafted jokes and painful depth...Director Dizzia’s gorgeous staging combines aesthetic accomplishments with realism. From her superb cast, Dizzia achieves the qualities of intensity, unity and playfulness." Full Review


"No doubt Vieh has followed the tried-and-true advice of 'write what you know'...Don't let that fool you into believing that this work is nothing but a cliché — it's the way in which these lives become intertwined that will defy your expectations...You find yourself becoming wrapped up in the plot and the lives of the very-believable characters that live it...The combined effect of everyone's contribution is much greater than the sum of their parts." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"It’s worth noting that Vieh is also a brilliant comedic writer...The cast is adroit and clever across the board, Markell and Craig are skilled character actors. Both (but Markell in particular) deliver some smart and lively turns during the course of the play...Although this is Dizzia’s first directing credit, she handles the difficult piece with a smart and imaginative hand. Dizzia draws out of her ensemble a performance that carries the piece though her sometimes clunky transitions." Full Review

The Reviews Hub

"An engaging play that explores several rarely-asked questions, and Vieh’s writing deftly straddles the line between comedy and tragedy...This production should be applauded for its handling of uncomfortable topics without overshadowing the human relationships at its center...Its messages would be more forcefully received if it offered more thorough scrutiny and yet left more of its own questions unanswered. Still, this is an affecting and valuable production." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"Not really a cautionary tale about polyamory, but rather a sprawling and turbulent tale about the complexities of relations between a very particular group of people...Under Dizzia’s direction, the experience is unduly clunky. The performances, however, are for the most part pretty effortless...Doesn’t treat polyamory as a novelty or a joke, which is a point in its favor. But by fixating on polyamory’s capacity to wreak havoc, it proves to be a less than exemplary representation." Full Review

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you’ve ever wondered what being in a non-monagomous relationship might be like. It’s not raunchy and the acting is great. It’s honest.

Don't see it if You want a big and flashy show or nudity. This real show will make you laugh, think, and you’ll learn about the effects of non-monogamy.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if I enjoyed this show thoroughly. The acting was very good. It was very thought provoking. Funny at times, but serious too. Enjoy.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you are interested in the stresses and strains of marriage and how couples cope with them.

Don't see it if you want a laugh out loud comedy.

Also Understanding loyalty and betrayal and the effects of serious illness ... Read more Read less

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if The main couple has problems they are not really facing. They think by getting a different person each month to sleep with things be ok.

Don't see it if It deal with illness, and if you think you are going to see hot, sexy sex. You are not.

Funny, Clever, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You need a good laugh.

Don't see it if You want something to think deeply about.

Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Engaging

See it if You want your notions of relationships challenged and enjoy smart and original writing.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of stories about unconventional relationships.

Solid acting, interesting, topical

See it if You are interested in a well-acted four actor play concerning an open marriage, that also touches upon a range of other issues.

Don't see it if You're looking for a "big" production. The stage is an angled box, set within a cavernous hall. There are about 50 seats for the audience.

Funny, Dizzying, Great acting, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you want to see theater revolving around polyamory, with a story that's both funny and poignant, if a little unrelatable

Don't see it if you want shows with clear cut and unblemished protagonists.

Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you're in the mood for a play about romantic relationships that are not totally conventional

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a story about characters fumbling their way through sometimes-dramatic circumstances

Also I expected this play to be more about polyamory/relationships, less ab... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see accomplished actors work through a complex relationship.

Don't see it if You expect something more out of the ordinary twists and turns over polyamory

Ambitious, Great acting, Slightly underwhelming

See it if you want to see a play about different relationships and personalities.. with a few funny lines

Don't see it if if you are looking for a raunchy show, you will probably be disappointed

Also The description says "comic drama" -... Read more Read less

Well acted, well staged, ambitious

See it if You're young or inexperienced and curious about alternative ideas about relationships, marriage and morality, and enjoy off-off theaters

Don't see it if You're sophisticated, have recently seen Edward Albee's brilliant At HomeAt The Zoo, don't like emerging theaters and guess plots easily

Also This is an extremely sincere effort to explore alternatives to monogam... Read more Read less

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You like plays about relationships and the intricacies I’d open marriages/threesomes. Great acting and very supportive ensemble piece.

Don't see it if You don’t like domestic dramas or topics of non conventional relationships.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Good writing, Good use of space

See it if You're interested in seeing a play about the inevitable ups and downs, and the solutions people go to, to try and make relationships work.

Don't see it if You're looking for a show that discusses polyamorous relationships or threesomes. The show is much more about relationships in general

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You can deal with complex relationships and serious subjects.

Don't see it if You want a fun evening that is very upbeat.

Boring, Excruciating, Slow, 92 minutes with no point, Not funny not dramatic: just not anything

See it if You want a Pseudo drama with no point. comes from nowhere goes nowhere

Don't see it if You want to be entertained or if you want a show with a point

Funny, Dark, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You’re smart, you understand the complexities, humors, and sadness of monogamy. L Vieh is a playwright we will read about for years to come!

Don't see it if You can’t keep up with very witty, quick humor.

Funny, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you enjoy small theater shows, small cast and minimal set. The plot of the play is a romantic drama with some comedy thrown in.

Don't see it if you don't like small theaters, or minimal sets and cast. Don't see if you can't go without an intermission. (there is no intermission)

During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like stories about relationships, realism, and interesting characters.

Don't see it if you like predictable stories.

Also This is a beautifully acted tale about humans who don't always know th... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy seeing the problems of love portrayed in a new and clever way.

Don't see it if You might be shocked by extra marital affairs and “free” sex in threesomes.

During previews
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent

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Don't see it if see more

Also Average of partner's 90% my 80%.. clever use of the stage at the large... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are looking for an exploration of the threesome dynamic. Or if you are looking for some great performances and tight new writing.

Don't see it if you are looking for anything sexy or kinky. This is a smart, emotional drama about relationships.

During previews
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in seeing a play about a couple and their way of dealing with their relationship.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play that deals with relationships.

Also This play was entertaining to me. There were moments of laughter. Ther... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Not as risque as as i feared!

See it if you are open to exploring dysfunctional people in dysfunctional relationships, you want to support new works performed in interesting spaces

Don't see it if 90 minutes and no intermission is a problem for you, you are looking for something kinky or explicit (despite the description, show isn't)

Also 90 minutes without an intermission is usually a deal breaker for my hu... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Slow

See it if you don't mind a slow moving show, one that doesn't really get to the main subject Instead, it goes off with sub plots

Don't see it if you want a fast paced show instead of a slow paced 90 minutes.

Also The acting was good, but the story jumped around a bit, was a little c... Read more Read less

Cast & Creatives (11)