#1 Show of the Week - MD Theatre Guide


Straight from Lincoln Center Theatre in NYC and from the critically-acclaimed playwright Bathsheba Doran, comes a new play heralded by the New York Times as, “Perfectly wonderful! Among the season's finest plays.” Deep in the American South, Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were nine. She’s Jewish, he’s Christian; he’s black, she’s white. Their differences intensify their connection, and they are now trying to determine whether their close friendship might be something more. When they discover exactly what “more” entails, sexual desire complicates everything in surprising, compulsive ways, as it comes as a surprise to them both — and to Charlotte’s parents, who are holding secrets and resentments of their own. An unexpected love story about where souls meet and the consequences of growing up, this compelling and spirited narrative of intricate relationships is an entertaining and explosive look at race, sexual identity, and family dynamics.

Please note that The Mystery of Love & Sex explores mature themes, contains adult language, and partial nudity. The Mystery of Love & Sex may not be suitable for patrons under the age of 16.



*Appearing through an Agreement between Iron Crow Theatre and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. ✝︎ Denotes Iron Crow Theatre Resident Artist.



Written by Bathsheba Doran. Directed by Dr. Natka Bianchini✝︎. Costume Design by Danielle Harrow✝︎, Set Design by Megan Suder, with Lighting Design by Brandi Martin. Sound Design by Devyn Deguzman and Stage Management by Ellen Mitchell with Assistant Stage Management provided by Katie O’Donnell. Safer Spaces training provided by Hollaback! Baltimore.

✝︎ Denotes Iron Crow Theatre Resident Artist.

critical acclaim

“Well-earned will be the applause from audiences who make the excellent decision to see this excellent production.” - DC Metro Theater Arts

“…relatable and, dare I say, even contemporary.” - MD Theatre Guide

“Funny, nay charming, in some ways and incredibly likable on many levels.” - DC Theatre Scene

“One of the greatest joys in performance comes from vital connections among scene partners. The Iron Crow production is full of such moments.” - DC Metro Theater Arts

“The performance didn’t fail to have a show-stopper” - MD Theatre Guide

“Compelling acting” - DC Metro Theater Arts

“deconstructive drama that makes for constructive theatre." - MD Theatre Guide

Perfectly wonderful! Among the season's finest plays. It is tender, funny, packed with humanity and brimming with surprising revelations. Bathsheba Doran has written a play with such compassion and wry wisdom that I emerged from the theater into yet another frigid day feeling warmed from within." - The New York Times

"Wise and exquisitely crafted." - Time Out New York

"There is something rather refreshing about Doran's more critical look at these young friendships that dance on the edge of Eros; something original about her probing of how little some of us actually reveal as children, often for very good reason, however close the friend; and her assertion that our soul mates actually can stymie our growth in matters of love, sex and self-actualization [...] This really is a hopeful and atypically intimate kind of play - ideal for different generations of a family, whether or not that's a group defined by birth." - The Chicago Tribune

PERFORMANCES & Special Events

Friday, January 25
8:00pm performance of The Mystery of Love & Sex
Complimentary Opening Night Reception to follow.

Saturday, January 26
2:00pm & 8:00pm performances of The Mystery of Love & Sex

Sunday, January 27
5:30pm performance of The Mystery of Love & Sex

Thursday, January 31
7:00pm performance of The Mystery of Love & Sex

Friday, February 1
8:00pm performance of The Mystery of Love & Sex

Saturday, February 2
2:00pm & 8:00pm performances of The Mystery of Love & Sex

Sunday, February 3
5:30pm performance of The Mystery of Love & Sex


Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


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