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Consent

Members say: Edgy, Disturbing, Intense, Sexually graphic, Lots of nudity
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Critics
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7 reviews
Members
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1 review
 

Ron Sullivan is almost divorced from his high school sweetheart, out, and experimenting with his new found sexual freedom in his SoHo loft.

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The former pro-NFL player and award-winning architect has a chance encounter with Kurt, a hot Yale law student, that pushes him to the edge of his sexual boundaries...or beyond them. The passion that follows transforms both men, and ripples into the lives of Ron's wife and his sister Emily. Emily questions the ethics and risks of sex games, but it's ultimately up to the audience to determine who is seducing whom in the murky realm of power play and consent.

 

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Reviews (8)

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73
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85
Theatermania

"Rhodes' script sometimes slips into cliché, but he directs the production with a steady hand, building suspense throughout with short, intense scenes separated by garish yet effective lighting pyrotechnics and heart-pounding music. All in all, 'Consent' makes for an entertaining, stimulating 100 minutes of theater. It's unlikely that anyone will walk away feeling they've learned nothing new, if only that the proper way to consent is not 'Yes' but 'Yes, sir!'" Full Review

70
Lighting & Sound America

"An equally steamy and silly drama about one man's midlife sexual awakening. This sort of borderline soft-core material, which entails getting inside the main character's head, is probably best handled in prose. The theatre isn't ideal for treating such private experiences. A glossy, genre-fiction patina suggests that its author is mostly interested in providing a titillating good time for a target audience of gay males...If you need to have your homoerotica dressed up a bit with plot and cha... Full Review

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New York Theatre Guide

"Love and sex between men is one of those things that a person does not discuss in polite society...So kudos to Rhodes for being brave, taking risks and speaking his truth... Were the relationship between these two men as believable as the relationship between the siblings – I would be ecstatic. This, however, is not the case." Full Review

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CurtainUp

"The play's dialogue is brittle, funny, and raw. Under the author's direction, the action moves swiftly for an hour, losing steam in the final 30 minutes. The bursts of violence, are dramatically compelling and convincing. However, 'Consent' won't be for everyone. Two playgoers beat a hasty retreat at the the first sadomasochistic encounter." Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

"An intelligent, well-written, probing script; an excellent cast; and dazzling special effects. This is theater! Theater at its best. The playwright trusts the audience to form their own opinions, a daring act given that the characters who participated in the various events don’t agree about what actually transpired. This might well be the 'Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf' for the 21st century." Full Review

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New Jersey Newsroom

"A laughable mashup of soft-core gay porn action and soap operatic dialogue, 'Consent' is a lousy new play...Let’s be charitable and hope that the playwright intends to explore seriously the dynamics of Ron’s relationship with Kurt, but the top-or-bottom line of his drama is that it is unsophisticated in its content and woeful in its writing. Possibly 'Consent' might have seemed daring 25 years ago, but today it registers as elementary and obvious." Full Review

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Entertainment Weekly

"The play wears its ideas on its sleeve, yet that sleeve is repeatedly beating you over the head. It’s deeply sincere but also suffocating; moments of humor are few and far between, and it’s only when the script pivots away from its darker subject matter that it truly feels alive... 'Consent' has an interesting set-up, but fumbles in creating believable dynamics between the characters." Full Review

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75
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75
Edgy, Intense, Lots of nudity, Disturbing, Sexually graphic

See it if You resonate to themes of coming out of the closet

Don't see it if graphic sexual reenactments and twisted relationships repel you