“The Catholic Girl’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity” Cuts Loose


Lizzy (Annie Hendy) and The Man (Cyrus Alexander) in “The Catholic Girl’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity” at the Falcon Theatre.

A lighthearted, funny look at one young woman’s search for love and lust, “The Catholic Girl’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity” features excellent acting and production work as it explores what connection truly means.

Lizzy (Annie Hendy), faithful and loyal to the teachings of the Catholic Church, hopes to end her virginal status before turning 25. With only a few months to go, can she find the man of her dreams, or at least one willing to hook up with someone so uptight about sex?

Witty and irreverent, Hendy’s script throws quips and one-liners at her dating attempts, before quietly sliding in issues like gaining self-esteem and confidence in oneself before getting involved in a relationship.

Director Gregg W. Brevoort crafts a well-made, creative production that successfully blends video, audio, sound and visual effects, and lighting in presenting Lizzy’s wacky attempts at meeting someone, while also learning to understand herself. The various media helps to advance the spot-on timing and choreography of the actors.

Warm and charming, Hendy does a fine job revealing the sensitive Lizzy behind the anxiety and uptightness. However, Cyrus Alexander steals the evening with his hilarious, physical portrayals of the various men in Lizzy’s life, from priests to dates to friends. He’s both expressive and goofy, altering characters through a quick change of clothes or accessories.

Entertaining and laugh out loud funny, “The Catholic Girl’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity” tackles the sometimes hilarious, sometimes painful odyssey of finding both yourself and that special someone.

“The Catholic Girl’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity” plays Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. through March 6 at the Falcon Theatre located at 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank. Tickets cost $34.50-$37 Wednesdays-Thursdays, and $39.50-$42 Fridays through Sundays. Student tickets cost $27 with a valid ID. For tickets, visit www.FalconTheatre.com or call (818) 955-8101.

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