Yoni Ki Baat | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Yoni Ki Baat Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Jan. 2-Feb. 1 and Mon., Jan. 12 2009

This evening of stories about the sexuality of South Asian women overcomes the defects of its model, Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. Where Ensler attempted to channel many women through her voice--with sometimes generic results--Yoni Ki Baat brings together a range of writers, assuring that nearly each piece has a refreshing specificity and distinct tone. Anita Chandwaney's Helpline--in which a Chicago attorney recounts her attempt to aid a Mumbai help-desk employee facing a coerced abortion--is particularly strong, and Devi Bhaduri’s Chee Chee Doesn't Come From There is a funny and pointed piece about two virgins on their wedding night. Despite some overwritten moments, director Lavina Jadhwani's Rasaka Theatre production creates warm, engaging snapshots of desi women and their desires. --Kerry Reid

Price: $10-$20

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