It's Just Sex - Theater Review

If the sight of a grown man grabbing hungrily at a giggling, pretty girl's rear end is not an attention getter, you're in the wrong play. This is how the latest revival of 'It's Just Sex', playing at the Zephyr Theater on Melrose opens. And it only gets better from there.

Bryan Donovan, Cate Cohen, Carolyn Hennesy, Eric Lutes, Janelle Giumarra and Thomas Calabro in "It's Just Sex" at the Zephyr Theatre.

Written and directed by Jeff Gould, 'It's Just Sex' is the story of three couples, all friends for years, and in different stages of their respective relationships. They each inhabit the same two couch, one wet bar set for their introduction, until they are eventually brought together for that fateful night.

Phil (Eric Lutes) is the one biting the ass of a prostitute (Tiffany Ellen Solano) at the play begins. His is promptly caught by Joan (Carolyn Hennesy), his wife of several years, after she comes home early because classes at school were cancelled. The sense that their marriage is in trouble is clear by her reaction, or rather Joan's lack of reaction. She doesn't want to talk about it, particularly because Phil has no excuse for himself. So she continues to clean (obviously the one thing she has complete control over), and prepares for their coming guests.

Thomas Calabro(l.), Janelle Giumarra and Eric Lutes in "It's Just Sex" at the Zephyr Theatre.

Kelly and Carl (Janelle Guimarra & Thomas Calabro) are the couple deep the throes of the 'honeymoon period', the time in their relationship when they can't keep their hands off each other. Every word spoken between them is a suggestion towards having sex yet again. Their vibrance and  passion are off the charts. It is obvious why a couple like Carl and Kelly (Especially) would be reluctant to spend an evening with a couple like Joan & Phil. But Kelly insists, while also demanding he says nothing more about her long time crush on Phil.

Bryan Donovan & Cate Cohen in "It's Just Sex" at the Zephyr Theatre.

Worrier Greg (Bryan T. Donovan) can't get it up in the bedroom. It is one of many inadequacies laid bare for his lawyer wife Lisa (Cate Cohen) to judge him with. We feel the sting when she ponders lazily that she's bored because the subtext is bored with her life, her husband. Lisa is looking for something to happen at this dinner party.

Eventually, our trio of couples convenes for a friendly gathering of drinks, benign banter and ultimately an innocent game of true confessions. But as we all know, when alcohol is introduced, there is no such thing as an innocent game of true confessions. The suggestion that the 1970's soundtrack has been priming us for is finally introduced: wife swamping. Between consenting adults, between friends, since they all have thought about it more than once.

And after the couples pair off, and return from their carnal adventures, they all discover that it's not just sex. Each character experiences a truth or revelation that could not be gotten to any other way. And at the same time, it is just sex, because the physical act for some is inconsequential compared to what is at stake emotionally. By the end of the night, one marriage seems to be at an end, while another seems as strong as ever. Ironically, what starts out as an act of revenge for Joan, becomes the catalyst to communicating with her spouse again.

Bryan Donovan & Carolyn Hennesy in "It's Just Sex" at the Zephyr Theatre.

'It's Just Sex' toes the line of naughty without actually venturing into the truly raunchy. Candid sex talk and depictions of carnal adult acts are always handled with a cerebral touch. Gould's script allows for a discussion about sex without talking around the issue of sex. Moreover, it is a piece just as much about communicating, as much as about fornicating.

Photos by: Marla Halac

"It's Just Sex" is playing now @

Zephyr Theatre
7456 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA  90046

Sat, Jun 09 Sun, Jul 15
Fri, Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm

$25 Fri, Sun
$30 Sat

For Reservations call: (323) 960-7721

Sat, Jun 09 Sun, Jul 15
Fri, Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm

$25 Fri, Sun
$30 Sat

For Reservations call: (323) 960-7721

 

Sat, Jun 09 Sun, Jul 15
Fri, Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm

$25 Fri, Sun
$30 Sat

For Reservations call: (323) 960-7721

 

Sat, Jun 09 Sun, Jul 15
Fri, Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm

$25 Fri, Sun
$30 Sat

For Reservations call: (323) 960-7721

Top of Page

Join Splash Magazines
Feature Article

Tempflow™ and Tempur-Pedic® Reviews - What 35 Hours of Research Uncovered

Want Your Business to Male a Splash