Bob Hess and Wendy Welch in 'Sexy Laundry' at Watertower Theatre. Photo by: Kelsey Leigh Ervi

Sexy Laundry

By Michele Riml

Armed with a copy of “Sex for Dummies,” Alice and Henry check themselves into a trendy spa hotel with a mission: to jump-start their 25-year marriage. Time has taken its toll – so have kids, stress and gravity. In desperation, Alice has decided that they either make this final, major effort to save their marriage, or they get a divorce and go their separate ways. Can they embrace all the wild suggestions Alice keeps pulling from her handy-dandy marriage-saving manual? Does Alice have the courage to unearth her inner vixen? Is Henry prepared to see his fifty-plus wife, and mother of his children, dressed in black leather?

Alice and Henry share their erotic fantasies, exchange recriminations, and take turns confessing the details of their mid-life crises as the play flips from comedic to serious and back again. Henry and Alice’s touching and hilarious rediscovery of themselves and their inspiring efforts to restore their marriage will resonate with audiences of all ages. By turns poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, Sexy Laundry is a romantic comedy guaranteed to strike a deep and resounding chord.

Riml hits all the right notes here. In addition to being hilarious, Sexy Laundry is observant, moving, risqué, and even a bit of a tear jerker.

The Vancouver Sun (Vancouver, Canada)

While their sparring provides much hilarity, between the barbs are painful and touching moments of a couple scraping the dark corners of their marriage.

LA Weekly (Los Angeles, United States)

Sexy gut-bustingly funny, with comic lines piled one on the other.

Edmonton Sun (Edmonton, Canada)

It has all the wit and whimsy of your typical romantic comedy, but is generously matched with an underlying sense of tension, desire and compassion that hooks you in from the very beginning.

Broadway World (Houston, TX)

(Sexy Laundry is a)...cunning, punchy little play, directed with deft pacing and vigour.

The Gazette (Montreal, Canada)

Sexy Laundry is exquisite, drawn from the reality of long-lived partnerships, it is a well-observed story on matrimonial slaughter.

Pravo Noviny (Prague, Czech Republic)

...splendidly funny and resonant production...

The Ottawa Citizen (Ottawa, Canada)

Don't miss Sexy Laundry. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll probably see yourself. That's a lot from one evening of theatre.

The Hamilton Spectator (Hamilton, Canada)

Sexy Laundry rinses the boredom out of a tired relationship, and has a good time along the way.

Star Tribune (Saint Paul, United States)

It has all the wit and whimsy of your typical romantic comedy, but is generously matched with an underlying sense of tension, desire and compassion that hooks you in from the very beginning.

Broadway World (Houston, TX)

Production Details

1 Male

1 Female

Available as a 1 act (85 minutes) or 2 act (100 minutes with intermission)

By Michele Riml

Purchase Play Script

July 3, 2019

Sexy Laundry – Theatre Baddeck (NS), September 20-October 5, 2019

June 13, 2019

Sexy Laundry – Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, February 7–23, 2020

May 15, 2011

ONGOING: Sexy Laundry (“Seksi Rublje”) – Kazaliste Virovitica (Croatia) 2018 – Present

May 13, 2011

ONGOING: Sexy Laundry (“Seks Dla Opornych”) – Teatr Wspolczesny (Wspolczesny, Poland) November 2012 – Present

Production History

Since its first performances in 2004/5 at the Belfry Theatre (Victoria, BC) and the Arts Club Theatre Company (Vancouver, BC), Sexy Laundry has become one of Canada’s most produced plays of the past decade.

It has been produced extensively across Canada by the first class regional theatres such as the aforementioned Arts Club Theatre Company (Vancouver, BC) as well as Stage West (Calgary, AB), Globe Theatre (Regina, SK), Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon, SK), Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg, MB), Theatre Aquarius (Hamilton, ON), Grand Theatre (London, ON), Neptune Theatre (Halifax, NS) and the Confederation Centre (Charlottetown, PE).

In 2008, Sexy Laundry had its US premiere with a run at the Hayworth Theatre (Los Angeles, CA) which starred Frances Fisher as Alice.  The play has since been produced throughout the US, including runs at Stages Rep (Houston, TX), Park Square Theater (St. Paul, MN), and multiple runs at WaterTower Theatre (Dallas, TX).

Internationally, it has become a celebrated hit in Poland (where the premiere production continues to run in rep, nearing its 300th performance since 2012), the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovenia, Germany, Mexico, and Iceland along with productions in development in France, Japan, and other countries. After nearly 10 years, Sexy Laundry continues to play sold out shows across North America and the world.

Sexy Laundry, Drayton Entertainment, St. Jacob’s Schoolhouse Theatre (St. Jacobs, ON) September 8 – December 20, 2015
Sexy Laundry, WaterTower Theatre (Dallas, TX) November 20 – December 13, 2015
Sexy Laundry, Stage West (Fort Worth, TX) December 31, 2015 – January 31, 2016
Sexy Laundry for TV
A treatment for Sexy Laundry the TV Series is in development.
Sexy Laundry was published by Playwrights Canada Press, 2009.

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