The emotionally harrowing tale of a young woman driven by circumstance into the escort business, New Talent is simply a tremendous performance.
Interweaving a personal tragedy with a public disaster, this play, written and directed by Brian Morton, packed Venue 1 with a breathless audience.
Perhaps most remarkable, all three of its characters are sympathetic: the nervous, insecure escort (Caroline Concordia), the needy, socially maladapted john (Brad Young), and even the slick but earnest manager (Ian Rayburn), who after all recognizes the business sense in protecting his 'girls'.
The play is graphic at times but always tasteful; look elsewhere for salacious thrills. Christine is as beautiful as she is vulnerable, but her exchange (so to speak) with the john is far too awkward and cringeworthy to be lewd.
Yet it is in their clumsy fencing that we discover their humanity - their pain, their emptiness, their burning desire for something real.
This is simply a must-see performance.
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