Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Let's Have a Frank Talk about Sex; THEATRE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Let's Have a Frank Talk about Sex; THEATRE

Article excerpt

Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD

LOW LEVEL PANIC

Orange Tree, Richmond ****

WHAT a wonderfully rich vein of form the Orange Tree has found this year. After the crafty topicality of Winter Solstice comes another mighty, cannily chosen drama, this time investigating the objectification of women. Clare McIntyre's witty but ultimately sorrowful three-hander premiered at the Royal Court in 1988 but could just as easily have been written last week, for all the ongoing relevance of its concerns about the lot of the female of the species.

We're in the bathroom of the flat shared by twentysomethings Jo (Katherine Pearce), Mary (Sophie Melville, so fine last year in Iphigenia in Splott) and Celia (Samantha Pearl). Jo is in the bath, talking frankly with Mary, perched on the windowsill, about sex. This sexual frankness, honest but without being sensational for sensation's sake, is a refreshing through-line of the 80-minute piece, as the women discuss their confidence in -- and fear of -- their bodies, of being seen as selfdetermining sexual creatures. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.