The Rental

ali astin & ben ubiñas · Ages 12+ · world premiere · United States of America

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 11, 2018
A gem of a play! Superbly acted! The complex (two) characters change in the course of their time together (50 minutes, real time) and call each other out on their BS. In doing so they raise many issues relating to class, consent, sex and more. Of the many plays I have seen this year -- this is hands-down my favorite!... full review

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WINSTON SALVATORI · June 14, 2018
Astin steals the show! From the moment you walk into the theater, she is in character and embodies an empowered escort. Throughout the show, her stage presence is commanding and she connects to the message of feminism flawlessly. Both actors had great chemistry, but I would watch it again for Ali Astin's performance. ... full review

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BJ GARNAUS certified reviewer · June 12, 2018
Absolutely brilliant! Writing, acting, directing...excellent! I loved every minute of this 50-minute play. Astin and Corvino were amazing! It delivered what it promised. From a shy, uncertain virgin and a caring, knows-her-stuff prostitute, to an angry, virgin-no-more, and a stand-up, right-on, full-on confident, no BS prostitute! Feminine power explodes! It's a significantly powerful, funny at the perfect times, awesome play. ... full review

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RUSSELL EATON · June 09, 2018
tagged as: adult themes · insightful · provocative · drama · sexy
Playing out in real time, a sexual encounter between two strangers shifts from sharing a moment of tenderness to an examination of personal integrity and sexual politics. This fascinating drama takes a familiar sounding premise and manages to create a thought-provoking, fast-moving hour. I highly recommend this show.... full review

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SHAWYON FAZEL · July 07, 2018
tagged as: Honest & compelling
This is the most honest commentary on modern insecurity and emotion in today’s society embodied by precisely crafted characters. BRILLIANT!... full review

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KATY SANCHEZ certified reviewer · July 07, 2018
The Rental artfully leads the audience through an array of emotions as you get an inside look at the life of elyse. Astin does a beautiful job enveloping the character and can not only utilize but masterfully create different emotions ranging from being vulnerable to disbelief and then outright hatred. ... full review

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LACEY RAE PAWLOWICZ · June 12, 2018
A well-acted deep dive into a call girl's appointment with a 20-something virgin. Both characters are impeccably defined and have clear POVs. The actors are fearless in their portrayals. An interesting snapshot into these two individuals' lives.... full review

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RYAN LISMAN · June 11, 2018
There were some great moments in The Rental. Some interesting turns and choices occurred that I didn't predict, and the play explores an interesting topic. The acting was really good, and the dialogue is well crafted to allow the actors to really dig into their unique perspectives. I would have liked to have seen the stakes being raised and the character's objectives being slightly stronger, but overall this was an enjoyable play. ... full review

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MARCOS COHEN · June 14, 2018
tagged as: compelling · drama · sex
As a playwright I have to admit I was very impressed the way this play was written. Very smart and real. It dives very deep into people’s mind. ... full review

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KAREN GLIENKE · July 16, 2018
Thanks to stellar writing, direction and strong performances, I found myself transfixed by the dynamic between these two characters and the smart and surprising shifts of perspective and interplay between role-playing and biting self-revelation. Writer Ben Ubiñas is not content with merely entertaining, but cleverly sets the audience up to challenge any assumptions they may have dared to make. One of the most thought-provoking hours on the stage I've seen in ages. I highly recommend this show. ... full review

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