Spin Cycle presents the US premiere of this underground hit about Tyler, a twenty-four-year-old who sells his body on a nightly basis. This intimate, immersive production will be performed for an audience of 10. More…
On a regular working night, things are about to spiral out of control leaving Tyler questioning whether living in the city is really worth the price of rent. Audiences are invited to join Tyler at Tyler’s Basement in Bushwick, Brooklyn for this dark and humorous look at sex, violence, and city living.
“Ireland-Reeves’s compelling play...’Bleach’ is a potboiler...Yates makes quite a meal of Ireland-Reeves’s monodrama. But there’s far more to Bleach than sensationalism...Tyler is a vivid, intricately developed character...Despite its subject matter, ‘Bleach’ is never prurient. On the contrary, it’s a compelling reflection on the long-term effect of compromised principles, and a depiction of what happens when one submits to ‘anything and everything’ for material gain.” Full Review
"A stark, hilarious, pathetic, outre, and grotesque pastiche...Tyler Everett, exquisitely played by Eamon Yates, shares his story intimately with the audience...Eamon as Tyler flits around the studio, sitting with us, dancing, aware of his beauty, secure in his seductivity, all the while telling a story of contradictions, abasement, and horror...Yates’ performance is amazing and chilling: he humanizes a charming young man dehumanized by the circumstances of his life." Full Review
"This cheeky Ortonesque reverie is hilariously delivered in all of its wicked rhythmic glory by Eamon Yates who gives a fearless performance as Tyler...The totality of his unflinching achievements in the role is substantial...Ireland-Reeves’ adeptly constructed and flavorfully written monologue is a wild character study...The tarted up production wondrously elevates the familiar material into a relatively engaging 75 minutes." Full Review
"Tyler epitomizes the arch, all-knowing homosexual who never takes anything too seriously. In George’s hands, Tyler commands the room...Carey makes excellent use of the intimate environment, and given that the script lacks stage directions, Carey’s choices at the end are especially haunting...Whiteness is a recurring theme here. While I’m not sure this is Ireland-Reeves’s goal, if it is, ‘Bleach’ may well be the most fitting gay theatre piece for our time.” Full Review
“The script at first seems predictable...but it turns into something more interesting and creative than we expect...Carey’s direction is delicate, meticulous, never heavy-handed or obvious...Yates is never false...However, he does not have emotional range or depth...Be that as it may. ‘Bleach’ is first-rate cutting edge theater. I’ve never felt closer to a character than this hyper-intimate evening. Well done!” Full Review
"There is a certain beauty in the craftsmanship of this play, but the subject matter, the performance space, and the performance itself were ugly. This is not a negative criticism. Ugly used by the right artist can be compelling and revealing...Yates literally interacted with the audience. His performance was skillful, smooth, and there were rarely moments when I wanted to hurry him up...A well-acted, well-crafted, immersive artwork worthy of much attention." Full Review
"A surprisingly thoughtful and intriguing play...It’s a one-man, coke-snorting, roller-coaster ride...It’s a centuries old story, but as written in this solo site-specific show, directed with a free-flowing ease by Zack Carey, it’s an engaging adventure, and as intoxicating as I’m sure it is for every man who has had the pleasure of Tyler’s sensual company...'Bleach' cleanly and efficiently gets the job done, taking away the soiled mess, and giving us all a good clean night of fun." Full Review
“While the experience of seeing 'Bleach' is memorable, the play itself is too safe for its own good, shedding a smirking light on the reality of violence and danger facing sex workers without enough character development to invite meaningful investment...The play misses an opportunity to offer a more psychological look into what a person in Tyler’s position might truly think...‘Bleach’ is one of the more unique, immersive theatrical experiences...and that alone makes it worth checking out.” Full Review
“The script suffers slightly from too much telling and not enough showing...Tyler goes into detail about his transition from hard-working, underpaid Chinatown waiter to overpaid, morally slippery prostitute. But Tyler seems completely comfortable with his new existence...George is very likable and has a devastatingly flirtatious stare...Carey moves Tyler around the space nicely, pushing him into our personal spaces just slightly and creating a nice tension.” Full Review
"Ireland-Reeves’s play takes fewer risks than Tyler does. We’re missing some key part of Tyler’s fall down the morality slipper-slide...The night seems meant to feel risky, like a Grindr encounter gone disastrously awry. But despite a committed in-your-lap performance, it pulls too many of its psychosexual punches. 'Bleach' wants to sting and corrode and make your eyes water. Instead, it's a mild and pleasant evening—not a bad date at all." Full Review
See it if You are interested in life in the gay underground. You are interested in seeing how people cope with guilt and objectification
Don't see it if You dislike sexually explicit although simulated acting. You dislike monologues and stories told in a non linear way
See it if you want to see a mesmerizing and engrossing one man show that deals with the ramification of a series of events while hustling.
Don't see it if you are adverse to gay theme plays, and descriptions of sex and violence.
See it if you would enjoy an immersive show about a rentboy caught up in actions seemingly beyond his control
Don't see it if you are offended about depictions of kinky sex, are squeamish about being touched (you can opt out of that)
See it if you want to experience a most intimate, up close & personal, participative theater w/ a gay theme and some nudity...in a fun "home setting".
Don't see it if you want typical theater in form, venue, crowd size (as audience is less than 10), big cast (solo show) & non lgbt theme. It is avant garde.
See it if You like an EXTREMELY intimate and immersive setting. 7 audience members were present- maximum seating for 10. LGBT! There is some nudity &
Don't see it if Graphic language. Overall, I liked it and I usually don't do solo shows. There are alternating actors- I got the night with Brendan George.
See it if you're a fan of very intimate theater, great acting, smart scripts and thought-provoking subject matter.
Don't see it if if you have issues with nudity (or near nudity), close quarters, gay themes and some dark subject matter.
See it if you want something intimate, experimental, and like a slice-of-life character study.
Don't see it if you want a lot of nudity or sexual heat. The show is a bit of tease with all of its salacious promises.
See it if u don't mind spending an intimate 75 min w/a rent boy recounting his colorful life in the business w/o whitewashing any of the racy details.
Don't see it if ur squeamish about frank descriptions of (gay) sexual encounters, drug use, and violence; u may be uncomfortable in very intimate settings.
See it if you'd enjoy listening to a good story by one actor about a rent boy who is making it work in NYC - the ups and downs and how it affects him.
Don't see it if you would be uncomfortable in a very intimate setting whee you are on the "stage" and likely become part of the action in a harmless way.
See it if Immersive, gay sex themed theatre is of interest to you. The small audience is in the locale and sokllpoken to and touched by the actor.
Don't see it if Male nudity and gay sexual situations are presented or described. If you want to get lost in the darkness of the audience, skip this.
See it if you want an unconventional theatre experience. Super cool space, detail designed. Young, fun devoted performer telling interesting story.
Don't see it if you want a terrific script, fantastic story, aren't comfortable as 10% or more of an audience, or aren't up for sexual content.
See it if You enjoy looking at a beautiful boy in his white briefs and very brief nudity. If you like a really unique theater experience.
Don't see it if You don’t like intimate theater experience and don’t see it you are expecting a fun naughty evening.
See it if you want a truly Unique theatrical experience.
Don't see it if you dislike Dark subject matter. It s a about gay male hustler presented in an intimate venue to an audience of more then 10 patrons at time
See it if you like an intimate story of one man questioning the choices he has made in his life
Don't see it if you would be uncomfortable with becoming part of the action, on stage, but in a harmless way
See it if you love immersive theater. With only 10 audience members in a small room in a basement, you better be prepared to participate.
Don't see it if don’t like intimate settings, interactions with actors, active participation, brief nudity, LGBT concerns.
See it if you want an intimate setting for this intriguing story, it's offensive but the story is captivating - fantastic acting if nothing else
Don't see it if you want traditional theater, or if the subject matter offends (it's kind of the point to offend and be incredibly brash about it)
See it if As intimate as you can get-literally. It’s hard not to be invested in the story when you are sitting so close to the scene.
Don't see it if I couldn’t figure out if we, the audience, should have responded more to the interactions, which left us all awkwardly smiling and nodding
See it if Niche. Immersive monologue in the studio bedroom of a rent boy with endless need to share (more than just skin). Quick intimacy is assured.
Don't see it if What brought him to this point? Brooklyn. Small, intimate group. Solo. The low regard the character has for his tricks is revealing.
See it if You want to see a very charismatic & captivating man (the love child of Margot Robbie/Chris O’Donnell) share the ups/downs of rent boy life.
Don't see it if You want to feel trapped in your overly dramatic friend’s apt while they have an emotional breakdown and you have no chance to speak back.
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