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That Pretty Pretty; Or, the Rape Play
Comedy / Characters: 2m, 3f A pair of radical feminist ex-strippers scour the country on a murderous rampage against right-wing pro-lifers, blogging about their exploits in gruesome detail. Meanwhile, a scruffy screenwriter named Owen tries to bang out his magnum opus in a hotel room as his best friend Rodney ("The Rod") holds forth on rape and other manly enterprises. Whe ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Samuel French, Inc.
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I wanted to like this play more than I did. I appreciate the structure of the play and how it builds toward a clarity of story, but unfortunately the resulting story is not treated with much depth, which is a shame because there is a lot of potential in the piece. Instead there is a lot of surface elements playing off of eachother, which would work if the story was based in something more surface and it was more of a commentary. I like the playwright, but this play didn't come together as much a ...more
Sheila Callaghan gets me every time. Her style is poetic but uncomfortable often in the same moment. I had to force myself through finishing this play. I had read several of her other plays before hand and knew that something amazing would rise out of the myriad of sexist, racist, et cetera imagery. I didn't see the light until the very end of the tunnel but I'm very happy that I waited it out.