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Threesome

Members say: Edgy, Awful, Raunchy, Profound, Disappointing
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Critics
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17 reviews
Members
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2 reviews
 

59E59 present Portland Center Stage and A Contemporary Theatre's co-production about a hilariously awkward evening with serious consequences.

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Leila and Rashid, Egyptian-Americans with ties to Cairo, attempt to solve their relationship issues by inviting a relative stranger into their bedroom to engage in a threesome. What begins as a funny and awkward evening soon becomes an experience fraught with secrets, raising issues of sexism, possession and independence.

 

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Reviews (19)

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66
Avg Score

70
The New York Times

"Infectious laughter ripples throughout the first act,as we watch in amused frustration as a potential evening of pleasure devolves into a three­way of a different kind: mutual exposure of everyone’s hangups...In the end, despite fully realized and engaging performances, Mr. El Guindi cannot quite reconcile the play’s disparate impulses. Half racy comedy, half serious­minded examination of women’s mistreatment in maledominated societies, 'Threesome' feels like a play whose parts — forgive me ... Full Review

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Lighting & Sound America

"'Threesome' grafts a sex comedy onto an overwrought melodrama...Under Coleman's direction, the clearly skilled cast struggles to make something convincing of this ungainly script...Its main achievement is the number of hot-button issues it manages to present in the most exploitative way possible...'Threesome' is an elaborate theoretic framework without any real people to inhabit it. " Full Review

70
Theatre's Leiter Side

"Mr. El Guindi’s dialogue is often interesting, but there’s too much of it, and the second act’s droning tends to drown the drama out. Few have the talent of George Bernard Shaw to make discussion drama continually compelling. Chris Coleman crisply repeats the assignment here, and each of the actors offers a sharply etched portrayal." Full Review

40
New York Daily News

"Exposing skin is one thing. And there’s plenty of full-frontal nudity — his and hers — in the play 'Threesome.' But the takeaway of this hard-working but unconvincing comedy-drama is the reminder of how difficult it is to reveal something of authentic dramatic resonance. Too little rings true...the cast is capable and committed. Even so, between clunky dialogue and heavy-handed turns there’s little satisfaction from this wobbly 'Threesome.'" Full Review

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Theatre Reviews Limited

"Under Chris Coleman’s exacting direction, this ensemble cast brilliantly showcases Mr. Guindi’s dense text, exposing its layers and its challenging deep questions about the relationship between men and women, the exploitation of women, how sexual violence affects women, and how issues of race and culture interact." Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"There’s a hefty amount of bravery behind El Guindi’s play. The topical territory of gender, sexism, and identity within Islam makes for an important play worth taking note. Director Chris Coleman finds the delicate balance in the expectations of the play’s sex comedy beginnings and its intentional subversion by the second." Full Review

70
Stage Buddy

"Why these two are together never seems to make sense, and if the playwright is suggesting that they are a couple only because they share similar cultural backgrounds, perhaps the play would’ve benefitted from delving into that, instead of trying to make eloquent points about every single topic it touches. Unsurprisingly the play’s major issue is precisely that of Leila and Rashid’s relationship, instead of opening up so much, they should’ve dealt with the more immediate issues." Full Review

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BlogCritics.org

"This is playwrighting, directing and acting at its best, and one cannot leave the theater after seeing Threesome, without being viscerally impacted, challenged and provoked. The dialogue is witty, incipient, and current...Certainly, it is a play for all seasons and all cultures." Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

"Director Chris Coleman did what he could with the production, but what it needed most was editing. A play not about sexuality, but rather about good intentions gone bad, 'Threesome' is a series of missed opportunities, the most significant being a compelling play about modern sexuality." Full Review

60
NY Theatre Guide

"'Threesome' feels like two plays, one a lot more fun than the other, and both rather overwritten...The end feeling is one of disorientation. Have we witnessed a comedy with dramatic underpinnings, or a drama that wants to wash down the unpleasant serious issues with snickers? 'Threesome' wants it both ways." Full Review

70
Theatre Reviews by John Clum

"'Threesome' is really two related one-act plays that would be stronger if they related more...El Guindi goes all solemn in the second act, unfortunately. He's at his best when he is outrageous...Chris Coleman has staged and paced the work effectively. All three actors are good...For all its flaws, 'Threesome' is worth seeing." Full Review

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Stage and Cinema

"Hilarity does not ensue. Neither does the planned orgy...Although Mr. Guindi’s play lacks nuance, suspense, stakes, surprises, believability, attention to detail, and has almost nothing worthwhile to say, it probably could have been staged better...Director Coleman manages to flatten out what few vertical features there are in the script." Full Review

70
NY Theater Now

"Great title, great premise and a great first act. It’s in retrospect, though, that the play really let me down. When it turned serious and needed to dig deep, it came up short and, like the promise of a good time, it couldn’t live up to its own expectations. Still, I would recommend seeing this show, if only for the dynamite first act and the performances. It may run out of steam in the second half, but the issues it raises are complex and worth talking about." Full Review

85
Dennis Sparks Reviews

for a previous production "This is a very complex subject, as it deals with identity, gender, sexuality, nationality and culture...It’s really not about a ménage-de-trois, but about exploring the responsibilities involved in a relationship, and how to keep love alive without losing your own identity as a male or female... It is not an easy story to watch and should create some fascinating dialogues long after it is over...This is not for everyone. But, I recommend it." Full Review

85
Willamette Week

for a previous production "It only takes about 10 minutes for the first penis to appear. But that’s hardly the most shocking moment in 'Threesome,' a richly scripted world-premiere production. The play’s moods and mishaps prove far more bracing than anything that could be whipped out of one’s pants." Full Review

75
BroadwayWorld

for a previous production "It's a thoughtful script, a wacky comedy, and a dry look at how men and women view each other...'Threesome' is all over the place, yet it's never dull, and it may reveal nuances to you that I completely missed. I think they should play the first act twice and skip the second. Or maybe write a third act that makes sense of the first two." Full Review

85
The Oregonian

for a previous production "'Threesome' is an intelligent, smart, self-perceptive play. Scattered throughout El Guindi's script are intriguing self-referential comments that suggest that this play is in no way trying to mask what it's doing...This is a smart play that may begin somewhat innocuously and playfully but in its riveting conclusion can't help but stimulate reflection on troubling and controversial concerns." Full Review

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27
Avg Score

12
Awful

See it if if you just like plays with nudity. This was the most senseless plays. First act supposed to by funny. 2nd act Politics and boring insights

Don't see it if just don't see this!

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Edgy, Thought-provoking, Profound, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if You want a peek into a culture that isn't often explored on the stage

Don't see it if Full-nudity and constant talk about sex offends you. Not much of a plot