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posted Friday, July 26, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 30
Fiercely feminine - Rapture, Blister, Burn explores women's issues in a deep and engaging way
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Fiercely feminine - Rapture, Blister, Burn explores women's issues in a deep and engaging way

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN
ACT THEATRE
Through August 11


For women longing for theatrical content that really 'speaks' to them, ACT Theatre's newest production, Rapture, Blister, Burn, by Gina Gionfriddo, has it in spades, along with four fantastic female characters and only one man. The topic is women, feminism, and all the things women think about, if not talk about, every day.

Catherine (Kirsten Potter) is a fiercely outspoken writer on women's topics, including how pornography, the Internet, and slasher movies affect the cultural soup we swim in. For a few minutes at the beginning, she sounds so much like Naomi Wolf that one could wonder if Wolf were the model for the character. Catherine has written wildly popular books on feminism (and porn, and violence) and taught and spoken on the subject.

She comes home to be with her ailing mother, Alice (Priscilla Lauris, who convincingly portrays the charming tree for Catherine's apple), afraid she'll lose her mother within a year, like she has other family members with heart trouble. The illness causes a kind of midlife crisis. But home also means the old boyfriend, now an almost-middle-aged professor, who married the ex-roommate and settled into drug-addled domesticity with kids.

Don (Jeffrey Fracé) maybe once had potential to be really interesting, but any ambition he may have had has been smoked or drunk away, along with a comfortable though not lucrative job and dealing with Gwen (Kathryn Van Meter), his alcoholic wife and the woman who stole him from Catherine. Gwen never finished college and became a stay-at-home wife. She has finally accepted that she has a drinking problem and is getting support from AA.

TURNING POINTS
Both women acknowledge their choices and how they arrived at this moment, but both, unsurprisingly, also envy the other her life. And Gionfriddo provides a moment of fantasy in which the stay-at-home mom and the unmarried career woman swap lives for a little while. Their antics are observed by Mom and by a 21-year-old ex-babysitter, Avery (Mariel Neto, wielding sharp eyebrow raises and barbed tongue in a very funny turn), who all get together in Mom's living room for a summer seminar class on women's history.

The dialogue is trenchant and witty, and hits on every aspect of a modern woman's decision-making process, while examining the larger culture's pushback on women's forward movement over the past 50 years. Director Anita Montgomery keeps even pedantic, academic conversation fun and involving, as these women spar about feminist theory. And the generations are spanned, convincingly, with perspectives from both Alice and Avery.

There is a lot of personal revelatory examination served up with the theory, keeping us engaged with the characters before us. The cast is strong and capable, with Potter getting the bulk of the focus as she both declaims about feminism and wonders whether Phyllis Schlafly was actually kind of right. (Wait. What?)

The set is simple - a living room and an outdoor patio area - but the ability of designer Matthew Smucker to use ACT's floor to deliver scene changes makes it so much more fun. Pete Rush's costumes are also much funnier than necessary, especially the stars-and-stripes getup Neto puts on in the second act! And the sound design by Brendan Patrick Hogan is the perfect accompaniment.

The sexes might have a real fight on their hands with different perceptions of this production. But like the title, first you might feel rapture in the atmospheric comedy, then blister with the swelling of thought, and then burn to talk about it afterward. For more information, go to www.acttheatre.org or call (206) 292-7676.

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