Torn Out presents a free, outdoor staging of this story of love, rebellion, and self-determination, from England's first professional female writer.
During Carnival, the world turns upside down. Women become men, servants become masters, and pleasures deemed unattainable the rest of the year blossom in the streets. Against this chaotic backdrop, a chaste noblewoman, a fiery nun-to-be, a disgraced English colonel, a pirate, and a courtesan look for love — or something like it. Mistaken identities, ping-pong repartee, and reversals of fortune abound in this witty, infectious, and shockingly modern play.
Note: Torn Out's gender-bending production will make selective use of nudity to explore the play's themes of personal agency, true love, and the roles we play to get what we desire.
See it if If you want an unusual take on first work by female writer put into english, maybe the first one known. Nudity, inconsistencies in acting .
Don't see it if If planes, trucks, cars blasting radio, mosquitoes and bugs, children screaming distract you.
See it if you would like to see a clear account of a rarely-performed classic of Restoration theater in a lush, bucolic setting.
Don't see it if you have no interest in theater history, or the history of women as agents in determining their own lives and loves.
See it if you want a new take on the first play written by a woman in English and you enjoy the vigor of mostly naked youth giving it their all.
Don't see it if you are bothered by distractions - flights overhead, helicopters whizzing by over a park!, children talking loudly, passers-by, park vehicle
See it if You like very very naked theater, theater about women's agency back before they had much, or reasonably good works that are rarely performed
Don't see it if Nudity offends you or you need polished performances all around (only 1 actor was genuinely great, though most were good).
See it if these things matter: overlooked female playwrights from the past, free art, good vocal projection, challenging gender roles, fearless youth.
Don't see it if these things offend: nudity, sonic interruptions from airplanes, garbage trucks & someone playing P-Funk's "Atomic Dog," mosquitoes & flies.
Also Memorable line: "How dare you take this liberty! Withdraw!"