The Vagina Monologues

Friday, 11 May, 2001
Review by: 
Darren Dalglish

The following are reviews from the run at the New Ambassadors Theatre

The show has received favourable notices from the popular press…. JANE EDWARDES for TIME OUT says, “Part therapy, part entertainment, part polemic..” CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, “There is a lot of truth and humour in the monologues, which Miss Ensler - a likeable, glamorous New Yorker with a Louise Brooks haircut - based on her interviews, although the squirm factor is sometimes dangerously high.” RACHEL HALLIBURTON for THE EVENING STANDARD says, “A wittily honest investigation about how women feel about their sexuality.” THE GUARDIAN says, “Some of these stories are amusing, some are moving, and some, like the one supposedly based on the words of a six-year-old girl, delivered complete with twinkly fairylights and snowflakes, are toe-curling.” LYNNE TRUSS for THE TIMES says, I mean, some of these monologues aren’t even so great. They are often purplish, their hearts bleed on cue, and the true-life experiences they purport to relate — a 70-year-old New Yorker who hasn’t been “down there” for decades; a black Southern woman’s lesbian awakenings; a middle-aged woman discovering orgasm at a vagina workshop; a woman raped in Bosnia — would be arguably a lot more valuable as documentary than as drama. “JONATHAN MYERSON for the INDEPENDENT says, “The show offers audiences exactly what it says on the label. Derived from Ensler's own interviews with more than 200 women (whether Long Island antique dealer or Bosnian refugee), a diverse set of characters talk about their vaginas.” ALEXA BARACAIA for THE STAGE was not impressed saying, “Clumsy fade to black dramatic pauses frame each monologue, which build to a climax of truly dreadful pseudo-poetic musings on the messy marvel of birth.”

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