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Review: THE GOOD GIRL at 59E59-A Startling and Original Futuristic View of Humanity

The US premiere of THE GOOD GIRL, the Melbourne Fringe Award-winning sci-fi play, will be on a limited engagement at 59E59 through Sunday, February 28. This completely original and provocative play is written by Emilie Collyer and directed by Adam Fitzgerald. The two-hander has an intriguing plot that will make you think about human behavior in an increasingly automated world.

THE GOOD GIRL is a futuristic view of people's interaction with robots. Set in Anjali's apartment, she has a government-issued job as a madam to a female sex robot. When Ven, the maintenance man, discovers that the sexbot is displaying human emotional behavior, the two develop a black market business to have the robot serve high-paying clients. This illegal scheme in a tightly controlled society causes grave complications as the story takes a dark turn, one that reveals a great deal about Anjali, Ven and the order of the culture they live in. Be prepared. THE GOOD GIRL has shocking moments that are essential to conveying play's subject matter.

THE GOOD GIRL features the acting talents of Giacomo Baessato as Ven and and Leah Gabriel as Anjali. They portray their roles precisely with tense confrontations, intimate encounters and unexpected humor. The robot voice, which is heard from an adjacent room, is provided by Tamara Sevunts.

The design team for A GOOD GIRL brings the play to life with scenic design by Dan Daly, lighting design by Zach Blane, and sound design by Julian Evans. The Dramaturg is Bridget Balodis. The Production Stage Manager is Philip Louis Calabro.

Produced by Joyseekers Theatre, THE GOOD GIRL will be performed at 59E59 Theaters through February 28th. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday - Saturday at 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM. The theater is located at 59 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets are $18 ($12.60 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to

Photo Credit: Lloyd Mulvey

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