Psycho Therapy @ Cherry Lane Theatre, Through February 25

Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg. Caption (l-r): Laurence Lau, Angelica Page and Jeffrey Carlson in the Off-Broadway play PSYCHO THERAPY.

Lucky enough to have had two of your exes at the same bar? Now swap out the bar for a psychiatrist’s office, and you can imagine how Lily must feel in Frank Strausser’s spicy new play, Psycho Therapy.

Park Avenue princess Lily (Angelica Page, daughter of Geraldine Page and Rip Torn), has been hooking up with her ex-boyfriend, rich playboy Dorian (Jeffrey Carlson, All My Children) because fiancée Philip (prolific soap star actor Laurence Lau) wasn’t meeting all of her needs, and the frisky Dorian is clearly meeting one of them…over and over again. The three wind up not-so-comfortably seated on a loveseat in Nancy Winston’s (Jan Leslie Harding who appeared on Broadway in The Green Bird) office to discuss their issues. The cleverly compact set by Scenic Designer Michael V. Moore is convincing as an office and surprising in its transformations throughout the play.

Psychiatrist Nancy Winston is fun to watch. She clearly has issues of her own, issues she copes with by way of chocolate consumption. When she tangoes and teases a cupcake into submission, it’s a comical highlight of the play. Exchanges between Phillip and Dorian are also entertaining. As Phillip’s temper is tested throughout the play, interaction between the two men simmers to a boil.

Opening night for the play was officially on February 7. It was originally set for January 29, but was pushed back due to unforeseen circumstances. (According to her blog, Angelica Page slipped and broke her arm during the first day of staging. Maybe this had something to do with the delay.) Some of the scenes don’t gel as well as others, so hopefully the acting will become more cohesive with each performance.

The Off-Broadway production of Psycho Therapy is funny and a little naughty; if it were a TV show, you might change the channel if your mom walked into the room.

Psycho Therapy runs until February 25 at Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St.). For more info visit http://www.cherrylanetheatre.org/

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