The Mystery of Love and Sex

$77-$87

Charlotte and Jonny definitely do love each other. But not that way. Or maybe that way. They're in college and have been close friends since they were nine. They might be in love. They might be moving in together. They might be getting married. Or they might not. Also, Charlotte wonders if she might be gay. Or maybe bisexual. As does Jonny. So why are they turning their relationship romantic?

As the play opens, Lucinda and Howard have arrived at college for a visit with their daughter. When Charlotte tells them that her long friendship with Jonny is taking a romantic turn, they don't take it too well. They try to wheedle and cajole her out of it behind Jonny's back but how can they help their daughter, and Jonny whom they truly care about, when their own long relationship is so unsteady?

These questions are among the many mysteries of love and sex that Bathsheba Doran's new play takes on. Deeply insightful and very funny, the play captures both the aimless yet headstrong swagger of the twentysomethings, as well as the guarded, practiced veneer of their parents. We will find that all four are carrying secrets and resentments that affect the others. The answer they'll all find eventually is that the path forward is not always the one right in front of you.

Tony Shalhoub (most recently Tony Award nominee for LCT's Act One and previously for Golden Boy) and Diane Lane (Academy Award nominee for Unfaithful) play Howard and Lucinda. Gayle Rankin and Mamoudou Athie play Charlotte and Jonny. The play will be directed by Sam Gold, whom LCT audiences know from The Coward at LCT3 and also from his many productions on and off-Broadway including The Real Thing and Fun Home.

Schedule

Running Time: Two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission

Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre

(New York, NY)
150 West 65th St. at Broadway
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by Michael Dale - March 4, 2015
Bathsheba Doran's funny and touching play involves the love between a pair trying to figure out their sexual orientations.
by Review Roundups - March 2, 2015
Lincoln Center Theater welcomes Mamoudou Athie, Diane Lane, Gayle Rankin, and Tony Shalhoub in its production of The Mystery of Love and Sex, a new play by Bathsheba Doran. The production, which is directed by Sam Gold, opens tonight, March 2, at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street). Let's see what the critics had to say...
by BWW News Desk - March 2, 2015
Lincoln Center Theater welcomes Mamoudou Athie, Diane Lane, Gayle Rankin, and Tony Shalhoub in its production of The Mystery of Love and Sex, a new play by Bathsheba Doran. The production, which is directed by Sam Gold, began previews on February 5 and opens tonight, March 2, at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street).
by BWW News Desk - February 17, 2015
Opening night is Monday, March 2 for the Lincoln Center Theater production of THE MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX, a new play by Bathsheba Doran, directed by Sam Gold, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street). THE MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX features Mamoudou Athie, Diane Lane, Bernie Passeltiner, Gayle Rankin, and Tony Shalhoub.
by BWW News Desk - February 5, 2015
Lincoln Center Theater welcomes Mamoudou Athie, Diane Lane, Gayle Rankin, and Tony Shalhoub in its production of THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX, a new play by Bathsheba Doran. The production, which is directed by Sam Gold, begins previews tonight, February 5 and open on Monday, March 2 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street).