Sez She
The cast, clockwise from top left: Tracey Maloney, Amanda Rafuse, Beth Gilleland, Aditi Kapil, Kendyl Joi Watson. Photo by George Byron Griffiths.

I went and saw Sez She at the Illusion Theater last night. This is the world premier of the show, written by Jane Martin. It’s a series of 37 monologues, performed by five women. What’s it about? According to the directors:

The author and actors create a portrait gallery of strong and eccentric women who form the world to their liking. They take what they’ve been given, and either come to terms with it or totally conquer.

Many are funny. Some are serious. Most are thought-provoking. To give you an idea of the range, here are some of the scenes that stuck in my head….

  • a woman whose SUV is her sanctuary
  • how to be friends with women
  • a daughter grounds her mom for a fashion faux pas
  • alien abduction
  • having a baby on the Kabul-Kandahar Road
  • a group exercise on thinking about sex
  • quintuplet mermaids
  • a giddy confession that someone makes you happy
  • a post-feminist cute workshop
  • the newest minority: forest-americans

And my hands-down favorite began and ended with the line, “Goddammit, I am NOT Condoleeza Rice!”

Very entertaining, I thought. Possibly moreso if you’re a woman, but all the gentlemen in the audience seemed to like it just as well. It’s not gripping like, say, the Vagina Monologues. It is fun and thoughtful. There are several instances of audience interaction as well, so come prepared to participate.

This was my first time in the Illusion Theater. I had tried to get into a Fringe show there last summer, but the show was sold out, and going up to the 8th floor lobby was as close as I got. It was a nice cozy space. I thought they made good use of that space in the show. I don’t know if it was because I picked the Sunday evening show, but I think I was one of only a handful of people in the audience under the age of 60. I wondered if there was gonna be anything in the show that might shock the more delicate sensibilities of the audience, but this is theater and the sorts of folks that go to these shows know what they’re getting into. There was plenty of laughter and response throughout.

If you want to learn a little more about the show before you see it, hit the Shubert Center website for more info on the cast, and, more interestingly, the process behind the show.

Next weekend is the last weekend to see it. It plays Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $18-$28, and if you’re still hanging on to your Fringe button from last year, you can get in for $12. Go to the Illusion Theater website or call the box office at 612-339-4944 to order your tickets.

1 Comment so far

  1. Lindsi (unregistered) on April 24th, 2006 @ 1:20 pm

    Thanks so much for going to the show, Erica! I’m glad you liked it.

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