Mono/Poly

Critics

LemonMeter

90 %

Reviews: 5

Audience

LemonMeter

100 %

Reviews: 13

Two monogamous couples encounter a polyamorous triad at a costume party. The triad becomes entwined in the business and personal lives of the first two couples, forcing them to examine their long-held beliefs about love and marriage. Although sexually free, the members of the triad adhere to their own fairly rigid ethical code. Who’s moral now? Will the couples and the triad live happily ever after?

Although the new sex comedy Mono/poly does not contain nudity, there are frank discussions of sexuality, straight and gay, with some suggestive depiction. This play is suggested for audiences 18 to Adult.
Written and directed by Brian Reynolds. A guest production at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. Presented by Tubeman Productions.

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Mono/Poly is the type of show that reminds you of the immense acting talent roaming around LA. Like the beach, we can take it for granted. And yet, this play brings a transcendent theatrical experience. While on the surface, this show explores the difference between monogamous and polyamorous relationships but it does so much more. It deep dives into the primal fears that bar us from intimacy. It showcases the conversations we need to have to make relationships work. It explores sexuality without needing to rely on graphic sex. It's intersectional. The characters are full-dimensional and complex. Their identities are so much more than their gender, sexuality or race. Tanya Alexander channels an impeccable amount of gravitas as Victoria aka Dragon. Robert Mammana's charm and silver tongue really make a meal out of some delicious dialogue. And standout Angela Sauer drives a lot of the emotional arc in the play. Her character of Henri seems at first a snide H.B.I.C. but we see her emotional army and her soft center. This play manages to be thoughtful and impactful while also having the right amount of humor and levity. Overall, a must-see play that explores relationships in our present day and age.

sweet - Christian Cintron


Shari Barrett

Tanya Alexander pulls the strings quietly with great authority, especially since Victoria holds the purse strings which fuel the company owned by Jerry and Miles. She knows exactly how to play to each person's weakness, always to her own advantage both in and out of the bedroom or boardroom. There is one incredibly sensual scene in which she sexually manipulates Jerry and Susan which may make some in the audience squirm a bit, perhaps from shock or excitement, which certainly fuels the fire at the heart of the play.

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


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Shows like this can often either be hit or miss. We all know what it’s like to leave a theater with a feeling of lackluster and discontent. This show left us with NO such feeling! We left the theater smiling, laughing, and had so much to talk about on the drive home!

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this show will only connect with you if you are a polyamorous individual. On the contrary. This is a show about relationships, communication, jealousy, honesty, and the desires that make us most human; things that aren’t exclusive to any type of relationship structure (but perhaps do play out better in some than in others). Polyamorous or strictly monogamous you won’t leave this show without feeling you’ve related to or connected with one of the characters and their journey.

The show was well paced and never seemed to drag. No scene felt like a throwaway. Everything had a purpose and played into something else, and I really appreciated that. The actors had such a great energy and played these parts so well and with such sincerity. One scene had me in tears and then laughing just seconds later. Any time I see a show that can make me feel like that I leave satisfied.

I just want to close this out by saying that good art is something that causes us to examine our stances and take a look inside ourselves to see what truly drives us in this vast human experience. This show left us with all the wonder of the external as well as all the internal introspection that looking at any truly great piece of art might make you feel. It all played out like a beautiful, funny, painful, and whimsical painting that could leave you feeling delighted, and maybe even changed after having seen it.

This whole production was something that my wife and I both greatly enjoyed and have been talking about to all our friends ever since. We highly recommend it and would gladly see it again.

Thanks, Mono/Poly cast and crew, for a great evening and performance. We loved every minute of it.

sweet - Britain Vanderbush


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Fun and provocative show with a lot of laughs & some terrific performances! We especially loved The Dragon Lady! When you see it, you'll understand why. The show leaves with a lot of food for thought and wanting to come back for more. Definitely for adults only.

sweet - Julie Ross


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Those seeking an outlandish romp into sexual deviance should look elsewhere. This play serves best as an introduction to a conversation about what polyamory authentically looks like.

sweet - Vanessa Cate - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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I absolutely love the play. I took my boyfriend, my metamour and my telemour, we were trying to figure out who each of us were. Well done. You all were great.

sweet - Katie Hill


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Monogamy is the romantic equivalent of private property under capitalism. What would love look like in a truly liberated world? Mono/Poly isn’t as outre and funny as it would like us to believe (or thinks itself to be), but it does raise some valid questions about marriage, relationships and bourgeois society’s assumptions and expectations.

sweet-sour - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review


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Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing Brian Reynalds, play MONO POLY, although the subject matter was a bit shocking for me, it was performed with great energy, passion, precision and professionalism. I was sucked in right from the beginning because of the energy of Travis Joe Dixon, as (Jerry), and Dennis Bernard as (Miles).

I enjoyed each performance, and the stage was dominated by Tanya Alexander, as a DRAGON. This play will educate and inform on subjects not usually in the conversation. See for yourself.

sweet - P. Dean


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Light hearted comedy that redefines the binary concept of relationships and elegantly presents contemporary constructs of boundaries. Well written script and a dynamic performance from the entire cast.

sweet - Christopher Nolen


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Bring a date, friend, or maybe your mother if you’re feeling bold. MonoPoly opens up a conversation that is enriching and a tremendous opportunity for self discovery. Whether the polyamorous lifestyle is for you or not has no bearing on your experience at this show as it explores topics that are universal in all relationships ranging from passion to jealousy to the importance of honest and communication. Brian Reynolds direction is clear and poignant through the considered staging and slick transitions. While the characters occasionally flirt with caricature, the cast finds humanity and nuance in their performances that render them relatable and a joy to watch. Go see it with an open mind, and give yourself the space to have a conversation afterwards. You might just learn something about yourself.

sweet - Edd Benda


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This really is a fascinating play and quite brilliantly acted. The characters are real and finely wrought. Their connections to each other feel true, passionate and electric.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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You are going to get two kinds of laughs with this show! The belly laugh from well written witty characters and the nervous laugh from reminiscing yourself in a place and time with the same scenario! This show gives the audience a new vocabulary to explore and put safety and honesty around a very delicate topic. This is a play that is a must see for the relationship minded individuals! The actors are believable!

sweet - Craig Martin


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MONO/POLY is a very amusing and unique play that again, addresses a lifestyle that is practiced on a small scale. Having multiple partners between men, women, or a combination of both are not for all tastes. But for those that are curious, this play may show that one (wo)man’s fantasy is another (wo)man’s curse. After all, everybody loves a lover, no matter what equipment they may have on (and in) hand!

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


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It’s always refreshing to see a story told from the perspective of someone who has lived it. Brian Reynolds delivers a powerhouse education on the reality of polyamory while spinning an entertaining, hilarious and wickedly surprising yarn. The acting and stagecraft are top notch too, and the entire team at Tubeman Productions can be praised for making the most of black box theater in Los Angeles. Go see this show—it will answer all your questions, and give you even more to think about.

sweet - Paul


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Witty, authentic and refreshing...I absolutely loved this show! The actors are perfectly cast. Great dialogue and so many laugh out loud moments! Go see it!

sweet - Gina


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I really enjoyed this play. It was humorous through out and very unpredictable. The actress , Tanya Alexander , Who played "Victoria" was refreshing and powerful. Incredible cast and writing.

sweet - Eddie Epic


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Really enjoyed this show! Funny, witty, and a really interesting subject. Go see it! It's a lot of fun!

sweet - Cassie Chadwick


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This play answers so many of the questions people tend to have about alternatives to monogamy.
Whether you are polyamorous, monogamous, or somewhere in between, this incredible script—brought to life by an amazing cast—will give you insight into the possibilities of thinking outside the box of traditional relationships.

sweet - Siouxsie Q


Shari Barrett

Tanya Alexander pulls the strings quietly with great authority, especially since Victoria holds the purse strings which fuel the company owned by Jerry and Miles. She knows exactly how to play to each person's weakness, always to her own advantage both in and out of the bedroom or boardroom. There is one incredibly sensual scene in which she sexually manipulates Jerry and Susan which may make some in the audience squirm a bit, perhaps from shock or excitement, which certainly fuels the fire at the heart of the play.

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


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Those seeking an outlandish romp into sexual deviance should look elsewhere. This play serves best as an introduction to a conversation about what polyamory authentically looks like.

sweet - Vanessa Cate - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Avatar

Monogamy is the romantic equivalent of private property under capitalism. What would love look like in a truly liberated world? Mono/Poly isn’t as outre and funny as it would like us to believe (or thinks itself to be), but it does raise some valid questions about marriage, relationships and bourgeois society’s assumptions and expectations.

sweet-sour - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review


Avatar

This really is a fascinating play and quite brilliantly acted. The characters are real and finely wrought. Their connections to each other feel true, passionate and electric.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Avatar

MONO/POLY is a very amusing and unique play that again, addresses a lifestyle that is practiced on a small scale. Having multiple partners between men, women, or a combination of both are not for all tastes. But for those that are curious, this play may show that one (wo)man’s fantasy is another (wo)man’s curse. After all, everybody loves a lover, no matter what equipment they may have on (and in) hand!

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


Avatar

Mono/Poly is the type of show that reminds you of the immense acting talent roaming around LA. Like the beach, we can take it for granted. And yet, this play brings a transcendent theatrical experience. While on the surface, this show explores the difference between monogamous and polyamorous relationships but it does so much more. It deep dives into the primal fears that bar us from intimacy. It showcases the conversations we need to have to make relationships work. It explores sexuality without needing to rely on graphic sex. It's intersectional. The characters are full-dimensional and complex. Their identities are so much more than their gender, sexuality or race. Tanya Alexander channels an impeccable amount of gravitas as Victoria aka Dragon. Robert Mammana's charm and silver tongue really make a meal out of some delicious dialogue. And standout Angela Sauer drives a lot of the emotional arc in the play. Her character of Henri seems at first a snide H.B.I.C. but we see her emotional army and her soft center. This play manages to be thoughtful and impactful while also having the right amount of humor and levity. Overall, a must-see play that explores relationships in our present day and age.

sweet - Christian Cintron


Avatar

Shows like this can often either be hit or miss. We all know what it’s like to leave a theater with a feeling of lackluster and discontent. This show left us with NO such feeling! We left the theater smiling, laughing, and had so much to talk about on the drive home!

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this show will only connect with you if you are a polyamorous individual. On the contrary. This is a show about relationships, communication, jealousy, honesty, and the desires that make us most human; things that aren’t exclusive to any type of relationship structure (but perhaps do play out better in some than in others). Polyamorous or strictly monogamous you won’t leave this show without feeling you’ve related to or connected with one of the characters and their journey.

The show was well paced and never seemed to drag. No scene felt like a throwaway. Everything had a purpose and played into something else, and I really appreciated that. The actors had such a great energy and played these parts so well and with such sincerity. One scene had me in tears and then laughing just seconds later. Any time I see a show that can make me feel like that I leave satisfied.

I just want to close this out by saying that good art is something that causes us to examine our stances and take a look inside ourselves to see what truly drives us in this vast human experience. This show left us with all the wonder of the external as well as all the internal introspection that looking at any truly great piece of art might make you feel. It all played out like a beautiful, funny, painful, and whimsical painting that could leave you feeling delighted, and maybe even changed after having seen it.

This whole production was something that my wife and I both greatly enjoyed and have been talking about to all our friends ever since. We highly recommend it and would gladly see it again.

Thanks, Mono/Poly cast and crew, for a great evening and performance. We loved every minute of it.

sweet - Britain Vanderbush


Avatar

Fun and provocative show with a lot of laughs & some terrific performances! We especially loved The Dragon Lady! When you see it, you'll understand why. The show leaves with a lot of food for thought and wanting to come back for more. Definitely for adults only.

sweet - Julie Ross


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I absolutely love the play. I took my boyfriend, my metamour and my telemour, we were trying to figure out who each of us were. Well done. You all were great.

sweet - Katie Hill


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Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing Brian Reynalds, play MONO POLY, although the subject matter was a bit shocking for me, it was performed with great energy, passion, precision and professionalism. I was sucked in right from the beginning because of the energy of Travis Joe Dixon, as (Jerry), and Dennis Bernard as (Miles).

I enjoyed each performance, and the stage was dominated by Tanya Alexander, as a DRAGON. This play will educate and inform on subjects not usually in the conversation. See for yourself.

sweet - P. Dean


Avatar

Light hearted comedy that redefines the binary concept of relationships and elegantly presents contemporary constructs of boundaries. Well written script and a dynamic performance from the entire cast.

sweet - Christopher Nolen


Avatar

Bring a date, friend, or maybe your mother if you’re feeling bold. MonoPoly opens up a conversation that is enriching and a tremendous opportunity for self discovery. Whether the polyamorous lifestyle is for you or not has no bearing on your experience at this show as it explores topics that are universal in all relationships ranging from passion to jealousy to the importance of honest and communication. Brian Reynolds direction is clear and poignant through the considered staging and slick transitions. While the characters occasionally flirt with caricature, the cast finds humanity and nuance in their performances that render them relatable and a joy to watch. Go see it with an open mind, and give yourself the space to have a conversation afterwards. You might just learn something about yourself.

sweet - Edd Benda


Avatar

You are going to get two kinds of laughs with this show! The belly laugh from well written witty characters and the nervous laugh from reminiscing yourself in a place and time with the same scenario! This show gives the audience a new vocabulary to explore and put safety and honesty around a very delicate topic. This is a play that is a must see for the relationship minded individuals! The actors are believable!

sweet - Craig Martin


Avatar

It’s always refreshing to see a story told from the perspective of someone who has lived it. Brian Reynolds delivers a powerhouse education on the reality of polyamory while spinning an entertaining, hilarious and wickedly surprising yarn. The acting and stagecraft are top notch too, and the entire team at Tubeman Productions can be praised for making the most of black box theater in Los Angeles. Go see this show—it will answer all your questions, and give you even more to think about.

sweet - Paul


Avatar

Witty, authentic and refreshing...I absolutely loved this show! The actors are perfectly cast. Great dialogue and so many laugh out loud moments! Go see it!

sweet - Gina


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I really enjoyed this play. It was humorous through out and very unpredictable. The actress , Tanya Alexander , Who played "Victoria" was refreshing and powerful. Incredible cast and writing.

sweet - Eddie Epic


Avatar

Really enjoyed this show! Funny, witty, and a really interesting subject. Go see it! It's a lot of fun!

sweet - Cassie Chadwick


Avatar

This play answers so many of the questions people tend to have about alternatives to monogamy.
Whether you are polyamorous, monogamous, or somewhere in between, this incredible script—brought to life by an amazing cast—will give you insight into the possibilities of thinking outside the box of traditional relationships.

sweet - Siouxsie Q