Mirror, Mirror

Plenty of theater-goers, feminists and activists know about Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, which has been presented in venues of all sizes and shapes around the world. But if you’ve seen that hardly subtle production, you might be surprised by Ensler’s “other” play, The Good Body, which covers similar territory — personal battles with body image — in a more traditionally dramatic way. Edith Weiss directs a new production of The Good Body, which opens tonight at the Avenue Theater, 417 East 17th Avenue. A strong cast — Megan Van De Hey, Emily Paton Davies and Lisa Rosenhagen — stars in a series of vignettes that cross many lines and borders, from a fat farm in Italy to the inner sanctum of a vulva-appreciation group. “I think of Good Body as a funny, provocative, sometimes shocking, funny again yell for sanity,” says Weiss. “I don’t think there is a woman out there who won’t relate to this play. Men would do themselves a favor to see it, too, and no, there’s no nudity.”

The Good Body continues through February 26. Admission to tonight’s preview performance is only $10; regular-run tickets are $20 to $25 (or two-for-one on Thursdays). For reservations, go to www.avenuetheater.com or call 303-321-5925.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 20, 2 p.m. Starts: Jan. 28. Continues through Feb. 26, 2011

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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