Sell/Buy/Date is a HIT

When Sarah Jones’ solo show Sell/Buy/Date opened at the Geffen Playhouse last spring, it sold out in a matter of minutes.  It’s fortunate that the Los Angeles LGBT Center is mounting this encore presentation so that others can experience this mesmerizing work.  Jones is a phenomenon, with many touting her as a successor to Lily Tomlin.  Comparisons between the two miss a vital point – while Lily is the face of her work, the words are those of partner Jane Wagner.  Sarah Jones writes and performs her own material.  But like Tomlin’s solo pieces, Buy/Sell/Date could be seen repeatedly and leave you gleaning something new each time.  The show takes place in the future during a seminar on sex workers.  We meet men, women, children, elders, and Miss Jones inhabits them all beautifully.  The audience is not only entertained, but also moved to think.  In many ways, Sarah Jones makes one hopeful for the future.  Special plaudits must go out to director Carolyn Cantor.  The construct of the show, the seamless transitions, the fully-integrated technical aspects, the precise light and sound cues – those things don’t appear out of thin air.  Alas, too often a director gets short shrift because one imagines it all begins and ends with the performer.  Towards that end, kudos to set designer Dane Laffrey, lighting designer Matt Richter, and Bray Poor on sound.  The show runs though November 3rd, and you can get tickets at

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