I go to the cinema a lot, as you probably know. I don't go to the theatre very often-- largely because I don't think about it, because they often have cheap student tickets available the day of. Oh well.
I always enjoy it when I do go, typically at the instigation of friends who have spotted something that can't be missed. This time, thanks to Lynch, it was The Vagina Monologues.
I admit, I was sceptical. Because it's an episodic presentation, I had seen (on other shows) a few of the Monologues. One or two I thought were okay; one or two others... not so much. But it was a girlie night out, and Lynch had seen it before and recommended it. So I was in.
I was impressed. It won me over. I wouldn't say it is for everyone, but I would encourage everyone to give it a try. It was all kinds of things: irreverent, hilarious, crass, moving, sad... varied doesn't begin to cover it. My favourite ones were not the crass ones but the thoughtful ones. And I would see it again.
My one big problem with the night was the crowd. I don't know if it was just because some people were uncomfortable (she said 'vagina'! *titters*) or because they had already had more than enough to drink before they got there, but the crowd was annoying. They laughed at everything. Even the things that weren't funny. Even the ones that were, for instance, reflecting on being present at the birth of one's grandchild or one's experience in a Bosnian rape camp. Still they laughed. That made me quite annoyed... but that's not the fault of the show. Or the actresses-- although one of them probably didn't help sometimes. Joyce Falconer plays on my favourite Scottish soap, River City, so there were plenty of in-jokes for people who follow the show, and she has a very thick Aberdonian accent to boot. She opened her mouth and the local ladies laughed. Even when it wasn't funny. She did play it up at times, but even so... it was still an aggravating crowd. I should have been prepared for that, though-- there were signs on the way in warning that the show might contain offensive language. Really? In a show called The Vagina Monologues? Might be offensive sometimes, or make people uncomfortable? Laughter will cover that, and make you not look like a prude. Laugh a lot, then. Just to make sure.
Still, I would recommend it. And go with people you like-- I was there with Lynch, Aleithia, and Jay. Lynch said it was better the other time she saw it, but having nothing to compare it to, I quite enjoyed it for the most part. Not exactly the kind of thing I'd have probably said even five years ago.... I'm a changed woman now. Not just because of the show. =)
Photos can, as usual, be found here: from number 11.