Members say: Funny, Quirky, Edgy, Entertaining, Dizzying

About the show

By turns tenacious and tender, this world premiere performance at the Bushwick Starr reimagines the economies of power between friends, families, and wrestlers.

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Drawing on a host of influences—spanning Genet’s 'The Maids,' celebrity psychotherapist Esther Perel’s available-on-Audible couples counseling sessions, 'Notes on a Scandal,' Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan Quartet and Precious Moments® Collectible Dolls — this kaleidoscopic production grapples with the desire, rivalry, vulnerability, and subterfuge that bind two people together and maps the bonds and hysteria of earned intimacy.



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85
Theatermania

“A play that is at times frustrating, hilarious, and rewarding...Wrestlers and supermodels alike obsess over their weight, but is that where their similarities end? I doubt it after seeing this show. Director Jordan Fein doesn't underline such connections in his clean and simple staging, but he doesn't really need to with two actors like Davis and Markey, who seem to conjure a whole soundstage with their expressive performances." Full Review

85
Village Voice

"A rigorous inquiry into the erotics of nonromantic relationships, acted like a Meisner exercise and staged like a contact sport...Markey and Davis deliver most of their dialogue inches from each other’s mouths, as if they’re about to kiss, or fight, or both...'Singlet' coheres because of Markey’s articulate, generous writing, which poignantly refracts the experiences of being American, and female, and queer, and in love." Full Review

80
Time Out New York

“The trippy ‘Singlet’...keeps a beads-on-a-string cabaret structure, slipping from one sequence into another to increase our disorientation...Markey and...Davis perform sexually charged, absurdist scenelets that have no clear connection other than the pair’s oddball magnetism...As it wears on, the jokes become so private that they lose the first section’s pinball velocity. Fein can’t quite shape the evening’s energy, though in the best of his blocking he keeps the pair uncomfortably close.” Full Review

80
New York Magazine / Vulture

“For Markey, pheromones are the project, and the great pleasure and power of their newest show — the mischievous, sweaty 'Singlet' — is witnessing the undeniable flow of real, layered chemistry between them and their fellow performer Emily Davis...'Singlet' walks right up to the edge of the easy and tawdry time and time again, but like a wrestler, it slips out of the hold...It’s more interested in tension than fulfillment, the unnameable sensations that pass between us and bind us." Full Review

75
The New York Times

“Intense performance piece...Replete with self-consciously arch dialogue, the script often brings to mind a role-playing, late-night improv session by two smart, spliff-toking college students, who are perhaps a bit too pleased with their own wit. But there’s no denying the discipline of the performance itself, and the rigorous matching of form and content throughout...Markey and Davis bring a gymnast’s vigor and precision to all their interpretations." Full Review

75
Exeunt Magazine

"It is an experience hard to categorize but, for the most part, easy to recommend...Fein’s approach can prove confusing. At least a couple gags fall flat because of vague mime work or an unclear sense of location...Yet the work’s angry energy overcomes its flaws...The fungible dynamics of 'Singlet' make it best experienced emotionally, rather than in a linear fashion. While that emotion may initially just be confusion, my feelings did shift with time." Full Review


92
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to see GOOD fringe theater

Don't see it if you need to understand what's going on on stage at all times

90
Funny, Intense, Thrilling, Physical, Mutable

See it if you like high-powered physical theater that is also very smart, funny & insightful into how human beings operate.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional play.

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83
Funny, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you want something offbeat, funny, unusual that contains vignettes of humor, dance, song, w/allusions to sexual attraction, gender

Don't see it if you want a straightforward linear play

75
Funny, Ambitious, Dizzying, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you're in the mood for a series of sometimes zany vignettes that are more about mood/intensity than plot

Don't see it if you want a linear storyline; you're in the mood for something with a big cast (this is a two-actor show)

74
Dizzying, Edgy, Quirky

See it if You enjoy theatre that plays with form.

Don't see it if You need strictly linear story-telling.


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