Ma-Yi Theater has brought Mike Lew’s BIKE AMERICA for its NY première and I’m glad they did. I had a smile on my face almost the whole time I was watching the play. The set-up was funny, the characters, seem stereotypical at first but as we get to know them they are more than what they represented. It was a great ride with the lead, Penny played excellently by Jessica DiGiovanni. Her lost soul is felt throughout the play. As she tries to find meaning to her life, I found myself rooting for her. The supporting cast members all were amazing. The direction by Moritz von Stuelpnagel is right on the money. He has transferred Lew’s story very well onstage. The use of one wheel bike by the characters as they ride across America added to it. But ultimately, it is because of Lew’s crisp and funny dialogue.
The comments from the members were correct. The nudity from Tom White when he did the naked ride was just for a second. You blink and you miss it. The stage is so dark and a flash of light from an incoming car showed Tom and Jessica in the nude. I was only able to see the thick pubes and shaft of Tom because it was too quick. If you sit audience left, you have a better chance to see him in the nude. By the way, he is in his spandex bike shorts the whole play so you can make out his package. He is more on the slim build but his eyes are just gorgeous! Very cute!
But even without the nudity, I enjoyed seeing this play. I want more from Mike Lew.
NUDITY RATING: 4 (Super quick flash of nudity from Tom White)