The Tony Award-winning author, performer, and activist Eve Ensler ('The Vagina Monologues') comes to MTC with a powerful new solo-play based on her critically acclaimed memoir. More…
While working with women suffering from the ravages of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ensler was stunned by a life-threatening diagnosis. Told with her signature brand of humor, Ensler’s personal journey uncovers surprising connections between her body and the earth and how illness can be both transformative and transcendent. Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.
See it if Woman devoted to helping Congolese rape and torture survivors gets stage IV cancer. Harrowing yet hopeful. Powerful delivery and staging.
Don't see it if You don’t want to confront real horrors both far away and nearer to home. Stark descriptions of bodily mutilation.
See it if you're a fan of Ensler or have an interest in cancer care or the atrocities of the 2nd Congolese Civil War & steps taken to heal from them.
Don't see it if you do not love solo shows, or 1st person narratives that conflate personal pain with world events.
See it if you're an Ensler fan, interested in fighting cancer and improving lives of young women in Africa, like 1-person shows & visual surprises
Don't see it if not interested in 1-person shows or author's experience fighting cancer or working with young girls in Africa, brief female nudity
See it if Ensler, a force of nature, speaks truth to power, often bluntly funny; had many in the audience cheering her on
Don't see it if one-person shows are tricky; need either a great script or a gifted performer playing many roles (see Billy Crudup); this show had neither
See it if you're interested in an honest autobiographical telling of one woman's experience with cancer; working with rape victims in the Congo.
Don't see it if partial nudity and baring your soul and body are offensive to you; Ensler is an open book about the physical ravages of uterine cancer
See it if To watch Eve Ensler (Vagina Monologues) relate her ordeal with cancer in great detail. Nothing is left unsaid. Charity work is great!!!
Don't see it if You are offended by nudity or too many medical details. You or a close family member or friend is suffering through a disease.
See it if you love Eve and you're up for intense subject matter wrapped in dark humor.
Don't see it if frank, harrowing deeply personal stories about cancer and atrocoties against women trigger you.
See it if A powerful show that tells parallel tales of Ensler’s fight against cancer and her efforts to build a women’s sanctuary in Congo.
Don't see it if Some of the descriptions are very painful to hear. Ensler is a compelling writer and presence, but not the greatest actress.
See it if you enjoy women centric pieces that speak directly to global and feminine issues.
Don't see it if you thought it might be a sports piece
See it if you enjoy excellent storytelling and are comfortable with uncomfortable topics
Don't see it if you want a larger production than a 1-person show; looking for a purely joyful experience
See it if you are seeking a new theatrical experience that will teach you something you didn’t already know about the world and playwright Eve Ensler.
Don't see it if real world knowledge delivered in a theatrical setting is not your thing.
See it if you know Eve Ensler's feminist/body focused activism; can tolerate a very personal survival story juxtaposed with unspeakable war crimes
Don't see it if you are unable to listen to very graphic description of medical issues, torture of women, personal & family dysfunction-a lot to handle here
See it if you are brave, willing to be emotionally challenged, ready to laugh and cry, unafraid of hard truths, open to unsettling revelations
Don't see it if you want an easy night in the theatre that won't give you nightmares and make you count your blessings.
See it if you know you can enjoy one-person autobiographical shows that deal with serious, sometimes depressing subjects.
Don't see it if you know you would not enjoy a detailed description of the author's cancer diagnosis and treatment plus horrifying stories about the Congo.
See it if You want to see a well done play that follows one woman through her battle while helping other women witth theirs. Funny, must see!!
Don't see it if If you dont like one woman shows, or don't want to hear about real life womens health issues.
See it if you can relate to both personal tragedy and loss as well as the horrifying degradation of women in the Congo. The contrast is compelling
Don't see it if you are unwilling to expose yourself to the trauma of loss and abuse. This is rough material handled well and powerfully. Bravo
See it if Ensler's memoir describes brutal truths of fighting cancer and violence against women; raw, provocative, honest, emotional (and funny)
Don't see it if If you are squeamish to graphic descriptions of rape/torture in the Congo or cancer topics. Hard topics, but so important to hear about!!!
See it if You can stand true horror stories and you want an education in how bad it can get. You think your life is tough.
Don't see it if Your depressed or easily depressed. Horror brings you down.
See it if you enjoyed The Vagina Monologues. See it if you have ever had cancer. See it if you can relate to topical stories told by one person.
Don't see it if nudity, atrocities, or cancer bothers you. About 95% of the show was excellent. A bit here and there could have used some rewrite.
See it if you want to be totally absorbed in one woman's story of a fascinating life journey to find herself after an intense fight for her life.
Don't see it if you can't handle upsetting topics like cancer, genocide, abuse, and humankind's rape of the earth. Despite this, the show is not depressing!
See it if You're interested in the intricacies of cancer treatment or are a fan of Ensler's.
Don't see it if You want character interaction (it's a one-woman show) or if you're at all uncomfortable hearing about women's health issues in detail.
See it if I have enormous respect for Eve Ensler. She is smart and seems like a genuinely good human being. I just hated the show.
Don't see it if See it if.... You want to think and are into plants and the environment. Human rights (needed more space).
See it if good god i was not prepared for this. eve ensler is truly a living icon who should be celebrated. her work on this piece is extraordinary!
Don't see it if it's a tough sell: a one-woman show about rape and torture in the congo + ovarian cancer. definitely not for the faint of heart.
See it if Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) in a one women show about her fight with cancer. Well written of course. Well staged.
Don't see it if it is a depressing show. Hard to recommend but it is well done.