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The Vagina Monologues

The sexual revolution has come a long way since the Victorian libido dam burst in the '60's—or has it? That's one of the biggest questions raised by the off-Broadway smash hit The Vagina Monologues, which just opened a four week run at the Denver Center.

Based on over 200 interviews conducted by the playwright Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues is a testament for the need to overcome millennia of violence and abuse to women. In doing so, the 17 segments performed by three very talented actresses range in topics from what can only be described as adolescent recognition of sexual functioning to the shocking numbers of worldwide genital mutilation and rape to geriatric pleasure.

The results are both sad and gratifying. Sad, because so many women are, as a result of societal prejudices and callousness, so inhibited and stunted about their sexuality, and gratifying because of the therapeutic and liberating nature of such frank discussion and heartwarming sisterhood.

New York stage actresses Tracy Leigh and Amy Love, along with television and stage star Joan van Ark, mix great dialect work, compelling storytelling and uninhibited passion to bring alive Ensler's well written script.

The Vagina Monologues goes where the successful male psychological examinations Defending the Caveman and The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron could not go without getting savaged, and for good cause, but ultimately all these "Us and Them" exercises leave us wanting for a Jungian approach where the male and female aspects of the individual are united and made whole.

Denver Center Attractions presentation of The Vagina Monologues runs through August 19th at The Stage Theatre in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. 303-893-4100.

 

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