The Condition of Femme | The Buena at Pride Arts Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Condition of Femme The Short List (Theater) Recommended Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 1 2018

“Remember that your body belongs to God,” says one woman to her daughter on her wedding day. She doesn’t use the word “rape” in her story. Like many women, she’s not sure—if it was, if it was her fault, if she felt anything, if anything can or should be different. The portrayal of ambiguity and omnipresence of inconspicuous violence against women and femmes is the strength of The Condition of Femme, in which playwright Lauren Marie Powell is Reagan, a rape crisis hotline counselor recalling the traumas of 11 callers. Their experiences, delivered as monologues by a skilled cast, range from encounters with strangers to unwanted experiences with friends to overt brutality. The women’s stories have no resolution—first, they need to be heard and believed. Twenty-two years after The Vagina Monologues, the rage and reality of this play shows that women still don’t own their bodies. —Irene Hsiao

Price: $28

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