Rebecca Turner 
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Re: “Theater Review: Quill’s “Lysistrata” Serves Up Sexual Innuendo and Mixed Messages

First, I appreciate James Ricks' willingness to share his interpretation. It's worth noting that the reviewer did not call the play vulgar, and seemed to enjoy the well-crafted bawdy humor as much as the rest of the audience (very much!).

I'd like to say I'm astounded by the more vitriolic response to this well-written and insightful review and the willingness of commenters to invalidate the author's feelings of discomfort and dissatisfaction. In fact, I'm not particularly surprised, since it rather echoes the themes of the show. The more things change, etc.

Peace's nudity is in the original source material, but that fact is essentially irrelevant, as tone comes down to directorial choice. There is an undeniable shift in tone between, ex., Myrrhine's playful seduction and Peace's silent, still presentation. The response to that shift is up to personal experience and interpretation, but knowing that Aristophanes originated the nudity doesn't make your experience any more valid.

I cannot draw a definitive conclusion, but based on the small sample of my own reaction, the guest I was with, and the apparent genders of the above commenters and the reviewer, it would appear the revised ending lands very differently for women than for men. That seems important. Two men have chosen to, respectively, denigrate the reviewer's ability to do her job, and assert that "nothing about [the show] seemed sexist." This is in response to a show that has an explicit joke condemning mansplaining! Perhaps, rather than take to the keyboards in righteous fury or well-intentioned certainty, they could watch the show again tonight...and pay closer attention this time.

(In the interest of avoiding a second Battle of the Sexes, I am happy to engage in a conversation with those who disagree. Peace :) )

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Posted by Rebecca Turner on 10/14/2017 at 6:40 PM

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