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{my lingerie play} 2017: The Concert and Call to Arms!!!!!!!!! The Final Installation

  • Theater, Musicals
  • 3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Theater review by Helen Shaw

In the middle of her rollicking, exasperating, moving concert play, Diana Oh goes on a no-holds-barred rant. Her band, gleaming in radical-fairy glitter lipstick, takes a break; a banner that says “Queer the World” wafts above a stage littered with guitar cables, discarded bras and kitty ears. Oh’s harangue is a mix of the inarguable (“Fuck the patriarchy!”) and the wooly-minded (“Ghosting is the patriarchy! Fuck you, ghosts!”), but the audience snaps its approval no matter what, snared by her charisma and that kumbaya feeling we get from being mad about the same stuff.

The ninth piece of a 10-part public performance project that has addressed sex positivity, rape culture, transphobia and the need to reclaim outdoor spaces, {my lingerie play} is equal parts consciousness-raiser, rock show and extended autobiography. If the production loses a little of its sizzle by coming indoors at the Rattlestick—where everyone is paying to blow bubbles, listen to stories of Oh going to Smith College (so liberating) and shoplifting in high school (she no longer endorses it)—that doesn’t mean it loses its reason for being. A “consent workshop” she offers to one lucky audience member is both funny and genuinely erotic, and Oh’s songs can be damn good. Her sermons aren’t as effective; it’s hard to agree, in a theater of all places, that “Courage is a lace-front wig.” Yet Oh makes a mighty preacher, rallying the converted into a sincere and openhearted circle. For right now, the faith she’s sharing is mainly in herself, but love like this has a way of moving outward.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Off Broadway). By Diana Oh. Directed by Oh and Orion Stephanie Johnstone. With Oh. Running time: 2hrs. No intermission. Through Oct 28.

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