Sex Therapy: A Black Comedy
The comic and the tragic, sanity and insanity merge in this microscopic representation of a nightmare city in the dynamics of a therapy group. Strange and sensuous, this play is imbued with caustic wit and irreverence toward the status quo of postmodern society and its telfonic psychotherapeutic establishment. Mary Melfi takes a whimsical look at the relationship between a group therapist and his patients, exploring the nature of their shared intimacies. When one of the patients makes a bold attempt to seduce the therapist, delightful complications arise. The theft of an antiquarian Roman doll implicating therapist and patients alike further challenges our traditional ideas about doctor/patient roles and expectations. Melfi's intense, lyric, occasionally prophetic language produces a rich, magic texture of strong words and funny, bittersweet imagery and action. Whether on stage or on the printed page, Sex Therapy is a work easy to enjoy and hard to forget.
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