The Raw Emotion of Modern Relationships!
I was privileged to see Confessions of Poverty at the Manhattan Repertory Theater in February. The show is a brilliant exploration of the interpersonal relations among four very different personalities. The minimalist scenery focuses all of our attention on the characters themselves and the dialogs that expose their relationships. Four seemingly decent, healthy, successful adults strip away each others' defenses to reveal the emotional baggage that has trapped them all in circumstances not of their choosing. Whether you see yourself as Claire, Ben, Maya, or David is secondary; the journeys that they expose as we get to know them are all recognizable as similes of our own. If you've ever looked into a mirror and wondered why you could not escape your past, or why you kept recreating the aspects of yourself you liked least, Om Rupani's first play will provide additional insights for your reflections.
- bdabramson, New York, NY
Confessions of Poverty is...sexy!
I caught the preview of Confessions of Poverty at the Manhattan Repertory Theater in February and can say that it is a sexy romp around the bedroom where wants vs. needs get wrestled out over the bedroom floor. The characters share unique points of view about a topic rarely discussed and the question of the security of marital bliss over risky individualism are played with honesty and dry humor. Who will come out on top is anyone's guess.
- RG, New York
Sexy Wake Up Call!
I saw this play at Winterfest and am very happy to see it is coming back in the Fringe. Om Rupani dives into the heart of our relationships and exposes the sad, sleepy, selfishness -- but without losing the sexy! Not one of us who saw the play agreed on who -- Ben or Claire -- was right or wrong, but all of us had a definite view. This is a moving, watchable, smart play that some would say hits "too close" to home, but in fact hits exactly where you want.
- Septagal, NY, NY
Very compelling and real!
I saw Confessions of Poverty back in February at Manhattan Rep, and I really enjoyed it. The scenes played out in a believable way, and the writing really stood out as insightful and relevant. This play has so much of what makes live theater special, raw emotion, interesting characters, and the occasional half naked body. Exciting!
- MattD, Brooklyn
"Confessions of Poverty" was brilliant; it expanded the dimenions of love. Could a beautiful, hot, sexy woman serve up love that would be found wanting? What alternative would trump her offerings? It showed me something about romantic love that I needed to see.
- Walter Masterson, NYC
Sexy and Haunting
These four characters are people you know; driven to succeed, hard on themselves, shy to be vulnerable, and starving for an authentic connection with someone. The pacing is nice, the dialogue intriguing and natural. The actors seem comfortable and their characters are well lived-in. This play is well worth viewing.
- PlayWise, NY, NY
I saw Confessions of Poverty at the Manhattan Repertory Theater in February. I am thrilled to see it in the Fringe, DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW! Om Rupani brings light to the common challenges in relationships that we rarely see revealed through performance. It moves us beyond the happily ever after into the reality of sharing a life with someone and the true vulnerabilities of intimacy. The scenes are hot, heart opening, and dare I say a seduction of consciousness.
- Zahava Griss, NYC