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  Sex Marks the Spot at Stage 773

Sex Marks the Spot

Stage 773
1225 W Belmont Ave Chicago

Back by popular demand! This fun filled spoof of political sex scandals and cover-ups delighted Chicago audiences this past winter. Laugh your head off as Senator Cooney desperately tries to manipulate the media, fool the voters, save his marriage, and deal with gender stereotypes. Perfect entertainment for an election year.

Presented by Charles Grippo Productions

Thru - Jul 25, 2010

Price: $26

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 773-327-5252

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  Sex Marks the Spot Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Recommended

"...The script needs more ground rules and, though set in the present, projects an outdated sense of what's outrageous (homosexuality, women with libidos). But director Damian Arnold keeps things moving with verve and precision in this New Lincoln Theatre production. And, as a harried campaign aide, Adam Schulmerich maintains an impressive level of panic throughout."
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Zac Thompson

Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"... Director Arnold, who helmed the Royal Georgeís Donít Dress for Dinner, puts his gifted actors through arduous physical paces. Schulmerich stands out, maniacally leaping about the hotel-room set; he and Welsh-Phillips somehow turn their inevitable getting together into an actual event. But thereís really not a weak link in the cast: Maggie Grahamís tawdry mistress, Quinn Whiteís cross-dressing marine and Rob Grabowskiís slimy journalist all have a vibrant life. Even if Sex Marks the Spot is the kind of play youíd expect to see while dining on chicken Kiev, it offers up its formulas with a disarming theatrical faith."
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John Beer

ShowBizChicago - Recommended

"...Despite an unwarranted running time (the production runs a winded two hours), Grippo has assembled a remarkably tenacious ensemble to gambol through his gag bag. Under the rapidly sharp direction of Damian Arnold, Schulmerich and Welsh-Phillips expressly make their own jocular marks as the hassled campaign managers. It is the young ensemble that ultimately procures the unchecked buoyancy often needed to keep the production on its air."
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Alissa Norby

ChicagoCritic - Not Recommended

"...There are many reasons for Sex Marks the Spotís failure: the sophomoric writing, the stereotypical shallow characters, the spotty delivery of punch lines and the unlikeable main character.† Other than women running around in sexy negligee, this show is not sexy or risque enough to titillate Ė we donít believe the groping is real. The Detective, Wally Sommers and Desiree characters were more irritating than funny.† When a farce doesnít work it plays out as a silly manic failure. Too bad all the efforts by the dedicated cast were wasted."
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Tom Williams

Chicago Stage Standard - Recommended

"...The major hurdle Grippo and Arnold encounter is length. "Sex Marks The Spot" is a loose 2 hours, and would be better served as a tight 90 minutes. The first act successfully set up the conflict, but the second act did not know what to do with itself. There were two extended scenes, while somewhat moving the action, which ultimately hurt the pace. The strength of "Sex Marks The Spot" lies in the passion for the material exuded by the cast. They had so much fun doing the play that I had fun watching it. Tony Fiorentino deserves kudos for the commitment and stamina he gave Senator Clooney. Special praise must also be given to Adam Schulmerich and Kieran Welsh-Phillips for giving the "straight" characters honest characterizations that I cared about."

Chris Arnold

Chicago Theater Beat - Not Recommended

"... Itís not the sex, or the sexualization, itís the total lack of power and credibility this character has, and the information that the audience is supposed to take for granted, that makes for an extremely uncomfortable night of theater. Sex Marks the Spot is intended to be a comedy, but ultimately this is a play that is too far removed from humanity to parody the human condition."

Aggie Hewitt

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