The Vagina Monologues

Coochie, twat, vajayjay, honeypot. If you’re uncomfortable reading ‘em, you might really squirm at Eve Ensler’s evolving 1996 play, Stone Soup’s version of which features five new, never-before-published monologues that “spotlight” five culturally diverse plights of oppressed women (transgender, Juarez murders, Lakota domestic abuse, Korean comfort women, life in a burqa). The other pieces are mostly lighter-hearted--paeans to the feisty/filthy/fabulous life socket. Actors in celebratory formal attire penetrate the cramped space from all directions with stories of gushing, gashing, gnashing, seductions, sedations, and secretions. A child rape victim, for example, gets back on track through the sexual affections of a glamorous female neighbor. Despite some faltering dialects, the performances I saw were powerful in their unflinching present-ness; and in giving voice to that long-silent mouth downstairs, a few were actually funny. Directed by Tyrone Brown. Two casts perform on alternating days. MARGARET FRIEDMAN 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. N.B.: The extension has been canceled; the show actually will close May 2.

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: April 1. Continues through May 2, 2010

 
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