Coochie, twat, vajayjay, honeypot. If youre uncomfortable reading em, you might really squirm at Eve Enslers evolving 1996 play, Stone Soups version of which features five new, never-before-published monologues that spotlight five culturally diverse plights of oppressed women (transgender, Juarez murders, Lakota domestic abuse, Korean comfort women, life in a burqa). The other pieces are mostly lighter-hearted--paeans to the feisty/filthy/fabulous life socket. Actors in celebratory formal attire penetrate the cramped space from all directions with stories of gushing, gashing, gnashing, seductions, sedations, and secretions. A child rape victim, for example, gets back on track through the sexual affections of a glamorous female neighbor. Despite some faltering dialects, the performances I saw were powerful in their unflinching present-ness; and in giving voice to that long-silent mouth downstairs, a few were actually funny. Directed by Tyrone Brown. Two casts perform on alternating days. MARGARET FRIEDMAN 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. N.B.: The extension has been canceled; the show actually will close May 2.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: April 1. Continues through May 2, 2010