Brooklyn | 1h 15m | Ends Mar 30

Bleach

From 10 critic and 48 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

About the show

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.



85
Off Off Online

“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

85
Theater Pizzazz

"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

80
TheaterScene.net

"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

80
Theatre is Easy

"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

80
New York Critic Blog

“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

80
Pup's Books

"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

77
Front Mezz Junkies

"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

70
Stage Left

“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

70
New York Theatre 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

65
Time Out New York

"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


98
Great acting, Edgy, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Raunchy

See it if you want to experience an out of the box theatrical experience.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by nudity, explicit language and/or gay themes.

Also venue is only one block off the L train making it an extremely accessi... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

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

Also I disagree that the actor did not convey the edginess to what he was d... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Riveting, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Great acting

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.

86
Great acting, Intense, Absorbing

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)

Also a tour de force for an actor as he leads the audience on a titillating... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intimate, Engaging

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.

86
Raunchy, Immersive, Edgy, Ambitious, Entertaining

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.

Also He was quite engaging and very friendly post-show. The set is nice, al... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Raunchy, Great writing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

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.

80
Clever, Raunchy, Entertaining, Flirty, Conceptual

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.

80
Absorbing, Edgy, Entertaining, Graphic language

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.

Also Although many reviewers have referred to the show as "raunchy", I didn... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Riveting

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.

78
Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Raunchy

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.

Also I agree with some other reviews that the solo actor (I saw Brendan Geo... Read more Read less

78
Edgy, Ambitious, Intense, Raunchy, Intimate

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.

76
Absorbing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you want an intimate space to experience a one-man show in an innovative way

Don't see it if gay people living their gay life or gay cliches annoy you

75
Dizzying, Edgy, Intense, Raunchy, Intelligent

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.

75
Ingenious, Clever, Edgy, Dark, Thought-provoking

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

75
Cliched, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

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

75
Cliched, Raunchy, Great acting

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.

75
Great acting, Edgy, Indulgent, Raunchy, Intense

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)

73
Raunchy, Excruciating, New, Absorbing

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

Also Actor gave his all despite not having a full house, which made things ... Read more Read less

73
Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if Wish for in-your-face theater. Done well for what it is.

Don't see it if Very small space and subject may make some uncomfortable. Thought it was only 75 minutes long it seemed a bit repetitious.

73
Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Quirky

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.

72
Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant

See it if If you want to see a show about a 24 year old living in the city and his recollection of his life in the city.

Don't see it if Intimate setting, if drugs, gay sex and sexual content bother you

70
Ambitious, Edgy, Dark, Sexy, Intense

See it if You enjoy site-specific work in an immersive setting, with an intimate audience.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with a dark, sexual storyline.

Also Full disclosure, I saw this production the 2nd night of the run and ha... Read more Read less

70
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Fluffy, Edgy

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.

Also Don’t let the location intimidate you. The Wilson stop on the L is eas... Read more Read less

69
Confusing, Cliched, Thought-provoking, Fluffy, Great staging

See it if you are interested in the male gay escort subject.

Don't see it if you want to live a more intimate and immersive experience.

Also The show is good, the location couldn't be better. It is immersive. It... Read more Read less


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