My sister and I had a “girl’s day” and went to see Emotional Creature at at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W. 42nd Street).
Eve Ensler adapted the new play from her 2010 New York Times best-seller “I Am An Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around The World.” It offers fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls around the globe. Neither of us had seen The Vagina Monologues. The show was a departure from what we were expecting. Praise must be given to the very talented all-female cast.
The intensity of topics builds from high-school popularity angst, teen pregnancy and anorexia to kidnapping, sexual enslavement and clitorectomies.
An hour into it, two acts pertaining to rape got extremely heavy and depressing.
When we left the theater, we discussed that mothers of daughters is probably the targeted audience for the play. I admitted that I definitely don’t miss anything about high school. I also felt a sense of relief about raising a son as I watched the show.
We probably laughed the most during the act about girls, including a “Japanerexic” preoccupied with their weight. Although that is no laughing matter. We both felt the scene depicting “pretty people” was insulting and shallow.
“Emotional Creature is about being a girl in the world in 2012 and about discovering the girl in each of us,” Ensler said in a statement. “It is about changing the verb from please to create or defy or resist or imagine. It is about traveling and dancing and refusing. It is about telling secrets and breaking taboos and building a posse.”
Tickets for the Off-Broadway run of Emotional Creature are $75. The show, which is expected to run at least through mid-January, is not part of Signature’s subscription season; rather, the producers are renting the Linney, an income stream that is crucial to the nonprofit Signature as it transitions from its former single-theater home to the three stages in the new Signature Center. It had its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in June.
Disclaimer: I received a pair of comped tickets to the performance. All opinions are 100% my own.