9 Parts of Desire

Speaking up for the women of Iraq.

Karen Slack speaks for the women of Iraq in 9 Parts of Desire.
Michael Ensminger
Karen Slack speaks for the women of Iraq in 9 Parts of Desire.

This passionate play was a terrific choice for Curious Theatre, and it's well directed by Penny Walrath Cole. Alone on the stage for two hours, Karen Slack gives a strong, beautiful, courageous performance. She has clearly immersed herself in this piece, role by role, making each rich and full, highly differentiated and very specific. From the infectious laughter of the Bedouin to the croaky despair of the London exile, she has etched each portrait in light. These women diminish the distance between themselves and us, speaking to the audience directly, asking for understanding, offering communication and even love.

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