Clit Lit

The Vagina Monologues brings female genitalia out in the open.

Besides, far from being defined by their vaginas, the women in the play use thoughts about them as a launching point for all kinds of original assertions.

Margot Kidder, Rhonda Ross and Glynis Bell are amazing, all of them poised and expressive, each one entirely different. Bell is most compelling as the 72-year-old woman struggling to repress her sexuality. Ross is funny, charming, funky and full of explosive feeling; she has the audience in the palm of her hand. Margot Kidder tops all. By the time you read this, she'll have been replaced by Denver jazz singer Hazel Miller, who by all accounts was sensational in the Boulder showing (her run goes through August 11). Lannie Garrett follows. But what a shame to miss Kidder: She's a revelation, a force of nature. I remembered her vaguely as Lois Lane to Christopher Reeves's Superman, but nothing I knew prepared me for the generosity of her live performance. She's relaxed, raunchy, intelligent and gut-splittingly funny. She takes huge risks. She has one of those voices that can go from a purr to a roar, from plum-in-the-mouth upper class to real down-home. The interplay among these three extraordinary actresses was reason enough to see the Vagina Monologues.

Rhonda Ross charms audiences in The Vagina Monologues.
Rhonda Ross charms audiences in The Vagina Monologues.

Details

Presented by Denver Center Attractions
Through August 18, 303-893-4100
www.denvercenter.org
Stage Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets

Skip the pink hats, but I'll happily march in this parade.

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