BOTTOM LINE: You should go with Sophie.
And Sophie Comes Too, a sell-out hit at this year’s Fringe Festival, has just moved to the SoHo Playhouse for a well deserved post-Fringe extended run as part of the Fringe Encore series. Sophie boasts a sharp script by Meryl Cohn, crisp direction by Mark Finley and a top notch cast, refreshingly all on the same page. Sophie tells a delightful story investigating, among other things, the complexity of familial relationships, the disparity between our internal and external lives, the search for self, and near-death experiences. The play navigates itself quite well through scenes that alternate between funny and ridiculous to touching and thought provoking. My only criticism is that the play ran out of steam about ten minutes before it actually ended and the last few “fade to blacks” were wrongly assumed to be the end. But when the play actually did end, I was glad I went along for the ride…and I was glad Sophie came too!
(And Sophie Comes Too plays as part of the Fringe Encore Series at SoHo Playhouse, 15 VanDam Street between 6th Avenue and Varick. Remaining performances are Monday, September 21 at 7pm, Wednesday, September 23 at 8pm and Saturday September 26 at 10:30pm. Tickets are $18 and are available at fringenyc-encoreseries.com or by calling 866.468.7619. For more show info visit tosos2.org.)