Hail women across the globe. If you're in the city of Kuala Lumpur, appreciate talents of passionate thespians and feel you should get to know yourself as a woman better, this play is for you. Men, if you're still scratching your head or punching walls trying to figure women out, you might want to sneak a peek at this play to better understand women and why they behave (psycho as many have come across) the way they do.
Through her honest, insightful, and sometimes naughty portrayal of genuine experiences and real-life obsessions, Ensler strips the complicated issue of body politics down to its intimate essence, once again destroying pre-conceived notions about what women really think. This is new theatre at its finest: The Good Body will move, inspire,entertain-and just might make you blush a bit in the process.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
EVE ENSLER is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose previous works for the stage include Floating Rhonda and the Glue Man, Lemonade,Necessary Targets, and The Vagina Monologues, for which she received an Obie Award. Ensler is the founder and artistic director of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls that was inspired by The Vagina Monologues. In seven years V-Day has raised more than $25 million for grassroots groups around the world. Eve Ensler lives in New York City.
Whether undergoing Botox or living under burkhas, women of all cultures and backgrounds feel compelled to change the way they look in order to fit in with their particular culture, in order to be accepted, in order to be good. In the Good Body, Ensler explores their experiences with monologues representing women from Bombay to Beverly Hills. Delivering narratives collected in locker rooms, cell blocks, boardrooms, and bedrooms, Ensler frames their stories with her own personal journey from a self-loathing teenager to a (sometimes) self-accepting adult. A young Latina candidly critiques her humiliating "spread", a stubborn layer of fat that she calls "a second pair of thighs". The wife of a plastic surgeon recounts being systematically reconstructed, inch by inch, by her "perfectionist" husband. An aging magazine executive, still haunted by her mother's long-ago criticism, describes her desperate pursuit of youth as she relentlessly does sit-ups.
Through Ensler’s honest, insightful, and sometimes naughty portrayal of genuine experiences and real-life obsessions, she strips the complicated issue of body politics down to its essence, once again destroying pre-conceived notions about what women really think.
Along the way, we are introduced to women who have found a hard-won peace with their bodies: an African mother who celebrates each individual body as signs of nature's diversity; an Indian woman who transcends "treadmill mania" and delights in her plump cheeks and curves; and a veiled Afghani woman who is willing to risk imprisonment for a taste of ice cream. These are just a few of the inspiring stories woven through Ensler's global journey from obsession to enlightenment. Ultimately, these monologues become a personal wake-up call to love the "good bodies" we inhabit.
Ensler freely admits that body-image issues affect men as well as women. “As I've traveled across America I've been really struck (by) the degree to which men are obsessed with their bodies and self-hating, too. It's really moved me very deeply and opened my mind to ways of considering and thinking about men."
Total running time: 90 minutes
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