Honesty Rents by the Hour by Michael Milech
Three people meet in a seedy Montreal motel for a one-night ménage-à-trois: Chantal, a Francophone housewife from outside the city; Danny, a secular Jewish grad student; and Pinchas, a Hasidic Jewish man who concealed his identity before arriving. Danny balks when he discovers who Pinchas is, and the tryst devolves into a battle between them, with Chantal trying to mediate while keeping her unprecedented night of adventurous infidelity on track. When her family life suddenly intrudes, all three of them confront why they’ve snuck away from their seemingly pleasant lives for a raunchy romp, and decide whether to go through with it. The play explores questions of religious, sexual, and linguistic identity, cutting to the carnal to find the characters’ shared humanity.The Montreal Gazette calls it a "delightful gem" and "a thoughtful and humane exploration of prejudice, as well as acceptance both of oneself and others." The script was named Best New English Text at the 2016 Montreal Fringe Festival, and the 2017 Infinithéâtre Production was nominated for several Montreal English Theatre Awards, including Outstanding New Text.
Keywords: Montreal, Jewish, Hasidic, motel, LGBTQ, queer
Run time: 60 minutes
Content note: Contains strong language and sexual content.
Cast size: 3 actors
Male roles: 2
Female roles: 1