When beautiful Tara knocks on executive Eric's door, she ostensibly wants to know why he avoids her. The answer is obvious, but Eric fears repeating the fatal attraction he had for another woman several years ago. Describing that encounter becomes a sensuous experience for both Eric and Tara, leading to an unexpected but not quite credible dénouement.
Bob D'Haene is a tightly wound Eric, while Isabel Richardson is a cool, inwardly dangerous Tara, who provokes by merely crossing her legs. Layering their characters' inner secrets with outward élan, D'Haene and Richardson create a satisfying one-act evening.
Presented by Flying Squirrels Theatricals as part of the New York International Fringe Festival Manhattan Theatre Source, 177 MacDougal St., NYC. Aug. 13–25. Remaining performances: Tue., Aug. 16, 4:15 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 17, 6 p.m.; Tue., Aug. 23, 2 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 25, 9:15 p.m. (866) 468-7619 or www.fringenyc.org.