THEATRE REVIEW: BY TOPHER PERRAULT
BOSTON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (BCA)
| RUNNING THRU AUGUST 24, 2003
"Surprise!" Shouts the cast as Anita walks into the room. Drinks, dancing, and camaraderie is on tap this evening for these women. The music is blaring lesbian icons when there comes a knock at the door. "I need to speak to the owner of the building," (the party’s over. or is it?) "I have several complaints that the music isn’t loud enough." Informs the policewoman as she dances and strips across the room. A good time is had by all and we are left with Anita and Annie the Stripper becoming a bit more than friends.
Anita a middle aged managing editor for Out Magazine, played by Rhonda Celester takes a chance on new love and a new direction for her all too structured life with Annie (Stephanie Ziobro), the stripper/porn star who is seeking legitimacy both in her professional and love life. This unlikely pair takes us on their journey of new love complete with all the bumps in the road. Also on this road are Anita’s friends and exes: Lois, Bud, Kim and Glory.
Lois (Mary Thomas) a professor who has struggled all her life to gain the respect of the straight mans world. She is cheating on her sex-deprived lover Kim (Trish Palmiere) her former student with her current student Bud (Melissa Li). While Glory (Claire Shinkman) is just looking for someone to take care of in the place of the daughter she never had.
All these women give credit to the stereotypes they play. The play is cutely crafted with many lighthearted scenes that keep balance with Girl Meets Girls stronger themes. All in all it was a great night out for the Sisterhood.