Sex With Strangers, a steamy play that lived up to its title, and Smoke, which was set at a New York fetish party. If the producers of this edgy Delray Beach company are assuming, by opening their 2016-17 season with a play called The Mystery of Love and Sex, that we’ll line up for tickets just because of the carnal provocations of its title, well, they’re right. The theater has stoked its brand on speaking about and effectively presenting fornication onstage, making up in adventuresome theatergoers what it loses in prudish walkouts. To that end, matters of the heart and libido form the backbone of The Mystery, an ensemble comedy about a white Jewish girl from the American South who takes her longtime friendship with a black Christian boy to the next level — much to the chagrin of her conservative parents, whose own union is on the verge of collapse. This critically acclaimed study of the laws of attraction in a pluralistic century was written by Bathsheba Doran, a veteran screenwriter of Showtime’s Masters of Sex — a show that, like the Theatre at Arts Garage, blends intellect with the pleasures of the flesh. The production runs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday from October 7 through 30 at 180 NE First St. in Delray Beach. Tickets cost $35, or $10 for students. Call 561-450-6357 or visit artsgarage.org.
Last season, the Theatre at Arts Garage enjoyed two of its biggest audience and critical hits to date with