Music has long been considered beneficial in enhancing cognitive skills and some have even suggested that music constitutes its own category of brain function; that it is, in fact, a separate and distinct type of thought. As is sex, which can produce, aside from children, complete dysfunction, confused brain activity, and even, quite possibly, a compromised immune system, and certainly, in many cases, complete and utter memory loss – both before and after. It seems only natural, then, for playwright Morris Panych to put these two types of human experience together into one play. After all, both take practice.
This dark and steamy comedy explores the harmonies and dysfunctions of six sexually entangled musicians on an ill-fated winter tour. When a blizzard strands this sextet for an extra night, they have only their instruments, each other, and their secrets to keep them warm. Where will everyone sleep when everyone is sleeping with everyone else?
Cast of 4 men and 2 women.
“The best script Morris Panych has ever written.”
“Sextet is not just a wonderfully entertaining piece of theatre, it will make you think about love, sex, procreation, and music in ways you’ve never done before.”
“These six stories play out side by side – six skinny rooms with thin doors and narrow beds, blurring into each other. It’s like a standard sex-farce set on fertility drugs.”
—Globe and Mail