February 20, 2009

WEB EXCLUSIVE: U of L students do a bang-up job on ‘The Vagina Monologues’

‘The Vagina Monologues’
Feb. 20-21
The Playhouse
1911 S. Third St.
$8 ($5 students); 8 p.m.


A cast of more than 20 University of Louisville students performed an excellent production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” Thursday night at The Playhouse. The play is part of V-Day 2009, a global movement dedicated to ending violence against women and girls. Proceeds from this year’s event benefit U of L’s Prevention, Education and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community (PEACC) and assist victims of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Directed by Ashley Merkle, a recent graduate of U of L’s Theatre Arts department, the ensemble cast took turns reciting more than 25 monologues from the original 1996 play, including “The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could,” “Reclaiming Cunt” and the crowd favorite “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy” where most of the cast shared their favorite kind of “moan” with the audience.

With a cast so large, it was at times hard to hear the softer-spoken characters — a decent P.A. system could have fixed that. But other than that small glitch, the play showcased the young, up-and-coming talent we have to look forward to.

Also of note, it was fascinating to watch the two sign language interpreters during the play — Ariel Brooks and Colleen Oyler. You just never know when you’ll have to use the universal sign for vagina.