Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

When Girls Collide

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

When Girls Collide

Article excerpt

When you've been out for a while, it's hard to remember what it was like not being gay for all the world to see. Diana Son's Stop Kiss, the surprise hit of the off-Broadway season at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, zeroes in on that last agonizing moment before the love between two women speaks its name.

Callie (Jessica Hecht) is a traffic reporter and longtime New Yorker;, Sara (Sandra Oh) is a schoolteacher newly transplanted from St. Louis. As soon as they meet, they seem both transfixed and terrified by desire. The playwright captures the exquisite longing that expresses itself in finding excuses to ditch the boyfriends, hang out at lesbian bars, and crawl into bed together as well as the hair-trigger paranoia about being seen wearing each other's clothing or being accused of vegetarianism. "It's not a date," Callie tells her boyfriend, George, on the phone. "I'm meeting my friend Sara for dinner."

The internalized homophobia that keeps people in the closet is excellent territory for a play. …

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