The WWSF Meetup group got together for a truly remarkable show by Obie award-winning playwright Young Jean Lee‘s UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW at the YBCA tonight. The show is Jean Lee’s latest experiment, who has been awarded the epithets “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by The New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York. In UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW, six charismatic stars of New York City’s downtown theater, dance, cabaret, and burlesque worlds come together to create an exhilarating—and irreverent—celebration of a fluid and limitless sense of identity.
A blend of comic vignettes, contemporary dance sequences, and evocative video images, what inhabits the stage are a series of ideas echoed in the characteristics of the performers who are liberated from the constraints of pre-defined roles and are meant to resist categorization. With the absence of words (and clothes), the performance twists and turns in hilarious ways that both reveal and challenge the viewers’ assumptions about gender politics.
Robert Hurwitt of SFGate has called the show a “revelation”. In his review, he writes:
“Short, inventive, deliciously funny and blithely animated, “Feminist” is pretty much the Bay Area’s first look at the work of a woman who’s been making waves as one of New York’s most original experimental playwrights and directors.
“It starts as a ritual, with four of the performers moving in stately procession – accompanied by breathing in unison – down the aisles to the stage. It moves, in passages accompanied by loud music – rock, classical, heavy metal, strange tape loops – or silence, through varied group and solo scenes, including wordless a cappella songs and even silent standup comedy.”
If you were part of the Meetup or have plans to or have seen the show, do share your thoughts with us and give a standing ovation to all the fabulous women involved in the production.