The Vagina Monologues
Reviewed by David Kashimba
Photo by Ken Friedman

Eve Enslerís Obie Award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, is now playing in the North Bay at the Napa Valley Opera House. Producer Jonathan Reinis has assembled a fantastic cast including Jill Eikenberry (LA Law, The Manhattan Project), Victoria Tennant (Winds of War, War and Remembrance, The Man From Snowy River), Rita Moreno (Carnal Knowledge, The King and I) and the Artistic Director of Napa Valley Repertory Theatre, Lisa M. De Bruin. Eikenberry and De Bruin perform for the entire production. Tennant performs August 12-22 and Moreno August 26-September 5.

Enslerís play is based on her interviews of over 200 women about their vaginas. The actresses dramatize a selection of these interviews. The majority of them are very humorous, but there are also some profoundly moving monologues from women repeatedly raped in war or mutilated because of culture. Thereís also a monologue on childbirth that is simply beautiful. Overall it is a well-balanced work of art that is very entertaining.

The night I went, the majority of the audience were women. The few men I saw before the show started seemed to be crouching down in their seats preparing to suffer through something their wives talked them into. But once the show was underway, the men were laughing just as hard as the women at the comic parts, and I even detected some of the men wiping a tear during the monologue that focused on women being raped in time of war.

Bottom line: this is a great show for women and men. For tickets or more information call (707) 226-7372 or visit www.nvoh.org.

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