Fringe Festival review: Flaccid Penis Seeks Vaginal Dryness

Dixon Place. By Mike Poblete. Dir. Rebecca A. Hengstenberg. With ensemble cast. 1hr 30mins. No intermission.

Given its provocative name and categorization as a comedy, this show about alienation in the Information Age is remarkably earnest. A series of sketches that brings the conversations on a fictitious sexual-dysfunction website to life, the play focuses on Dan (Sloan Bradford), a sweet, nondescript 30-year-old virgin. Bummed out that he's home alone on a Saturday night, he tries to connect via Facebook (embodied by John Wu as an overeager fratboy), then Google (Kevin Melendez as a pretentious prick) and finally stumbles onto the title site, where he begins chatting with folks way more screwed up than he is.

With their online handles and icons projected behind them, the characters try to communicate with each other, usually with little success. Pretty much every issue is covered—premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, nymphomania, homosexuality, monogamy, polygamy, pedophilia—but while there is a lot of honesty, there's little insight in Mike Poblete's script. Most of the performers play multiple parts, and the acting is uniformly fine, especially Lori Gardner as a sex addict and Sarah Simmons as a cynical full-figured virgin. But the whole thing feels long and limp with very few laughs.

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