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Sex With Strangers: Art Isn’t Easy In The 21st Century

A quiet subdued moment in the lives of Michael Uribe and Jacqueline Laggy, a couple of staid restrained souls in Arts Garage’s Sex With Strangers (Photo by Alex Shapiro)

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, for  SouthFloridaReporter.com, Nov. 4, 2015 – What does a man profiteth if he gains technology and loses his artistic soul? And can romance survive ambition when the two collide?

Those two issues, along with scores of corollaries, swirl through the entertaining and thought-provoking Sex With Strangers, accurately subtitled “a romantic comedy for the digital age” kicking off Theatre at Arts Garage’s second incarnation.

The prolific, oft-produced but little known playwright Laura Eason (best known for Netflix’s House of Cards) pits two charming and intelligent creative writers who are poles apart in every department except their shared love of good writing and a perfectly understandable sexual attraction.

Ethan is a 28-year-old tech-savvy, social media-savvy hunk who has turned his conscienceless light-hearted sex blog about seducing a different woman into bed every night for a year into a shallow but wildly popular New York Times best seller and now he wants to launch an e-book publishing ap. Olivia is a nearly-40 teacher who wrote one highly-accomplished but variably-received literary novel in her own youth and is now nursing a second manuscript toward completion.