I’m just gonna get right on out with it—one of the stars of this show looks like a young Patrick Wilson.
That should sell tickets on its own. I mean. He’s handsome. And so alarmingly Wilson-esque that you notice it the SECOND he steps on stage. You can’t stop noticing it.
But Mr. Wilson-esque (real name: David Beck) is hardly the only thing worth recommending about The More Loving One, now playing at the Soho Playhouse as a part of the Fringe Encores Series. Primarily focused on two couples debating the institutions of love, sex, law and family one uncomfortable evening in a college town plagued by a sex scandal, the play has distinct notes of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Still, it brings a surprising freshness to material we’ve all seen and heard before. Plus, it earns more than a few hearty laughs, at least a handful of them thanks to Preston Martin who is giving a pitch-perfect performance as Henry, one half of the play’s gay couple.
The More Loving One won the 2011 Fringe Overall Excellence Award for Best Production of a Play before earning its spot in the Encores Series this month, and appears to have a bright future ahead of it. We’re looking forward to seeing where it lands next. In the meantime, you can check out one of the final four performances this month. Snag tickets here.
Tickets provided by the production.