See it if You want to see courageous, timely work by a brave ensemble exploring the price of one woman's sexual independence and ownership of her body.
Don't see it if You can't deal with explicit sexual themes, or expect more physically explicit porn in this honest look at the effects of that industry. The result of a two-year collaboration between director Kirstin Heckler and her three actors, Exposed examines the journey of a Duke University co-ed who briefly combined the celebration of her own sexuality with the financial practicality of paying tuition by entering the porn film industry.
A hard, clear look at the simultaneous objectification, adoration, rejection and betrayal women experience sexually — not to mention the cost of education in the US, the play manages to be both searing and funny, the inventive sexual choreography comical and brutal.
Pauline Sherrow is terrific in her multiple roles as Mom, the normal if flirty roommate, and bored pornstar, Jacob-Sebastian Phillips earnest but uneven, best as the S&M top, Heckler's direction smooth.
But — Sarah Raimondi gives a subtle, brave and incredibly textured performance, a sleight of hand bit of magic so in the moment that one doesn't realize the full experiential arc she's run — from randy teenager to naïve, financially oppressed co-ed to disillusioned adult — until one hears her voice replayed at the end.