The Beatles classic “Do You Want to Know a Secret?” plays as the house lights fade and Thomas and Judy Heath’s touching and charming comedic drama Bedroom Secrets begins. Eager to hear their intimate conversations, we are soon peeking into the world of psychotherapist Robin (well played by Ashlie Atkinson) and five of her patients. All of the latter are masterfully embodied by Nurse Jackie's Stephen Wallem, who transforms himself with bold physical choices and small changes of costume and props (a scarf, a pair of glasses). The issues range from porn addiction to struggles with marriage and sexuality; of particular interest are Hunter, a boisterous gay architect whose partner has a roving eye, and Tiffany, an über-naive but lovable Valley girl who sleeps with “losers” on the first date. Meanwhile, Robin is exploring romance with Paul (Wallem’s sixth character), and although they're both likable, their story doesn't seem fully fleshed out. When Paul, en route to their first weekend getaway, confesses that there are things he hasn't told her about himself, she responds by saying, “We all have our secrets." Well, what are they? The play explores the foibles and vulnerabilities of Robin's patients in satisfying depth, but its central couple leaves you wanting to know more. —Valerie David
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