IRT Theater presents a new play about six twenty-something feminists whose attempt to take on the patriarchy results in some unexpected complications. More…
Zumba. Wine. Take-out. Porn. In the quest for personal and sexual empowerment, the Sister Support Group for the Daily Trials of Being a Woman tackles them all. But acts of feminist revolt rarely go unpunished, and the women find themselves caught up in something much bigger than their own liberation.
“Six women endeavor to make feminist pornography in ‘#liberated’, a refreshing, enjoyable, often dark comedy...More than a play about porn or even feminism; it becomes a commentary on cyberbullying…The joys contained in these film shoots are too many to spoil here...each scene is unique and utterly bizarre in its own glorious way. There isn’t much in the way of actual sex and no nudity shown at all for those who might be squeamish at this point. It is just pure fun and out-there fantasy." Full Review
"'#liberated' is on point with where cutting-edge New York theater is headed...Karp and Bradley bring to light the all-too-current issue of the price women pay for seeking sexual liberation...It really seems like everything females do for their own pleasure is criticized and stripped down by a male-dominant society...The women feed off each other the entire show, dually in comedic and dramatic moments, so much so that the creative process must have been a dream." Full Review
"A feminist play to end all feminist plays...A strong commentary on objectification, sex, gender roles, and the great power that is anonymity on the Internet…The only major woe was there was very little semblance of character development…But this isn’t a play about characters. It’s about social awareness...The sextet had a blast playing, bringing colossal harmony to life…'#liberated' is slow to start...But once momentum and plot are introduced, #liberated is off to the races." Full Review
"A daring, provocative and highly intelligent play...Under the direction of Rachel Karp and Jaki Bradley, the cast includes a strong ensemble of six with the chemistry of an acting troupe that has been together for years...I wish I could tell you that the play ends as lighthearted and jovial as it begins, but alas, it does not, which creates a tonal imbalance...The play performs at a brisk 90 minutes but only scratches the surface of some of the complicated questions that it broaches." Full Review
"'#liberated' is co-directed by Rachel Karp and Jaki Bradley—it’s almost as if one directed the first half with the other directing the second. There are some good comedic moments early on, although not sustained, and it’s easy to see that the women enjoy each other...'#liberated' seemed to want to say something profound. Unfortunately, it never said enough. It did not include women of color, or create a powerful, lasting conversation." Full Review
See it if You enjoy exquisite acting, fun themes with a fantastic, thought-provoking, feminist story. Something everyone should see.
Don't see it if You are triggered by discussion of sex, porn, rape, online harassment.
See it if you are interested in excellent acting, intrigued by the concept, curious about devised work, want to engage with the subject matter.
Don't see it if you don't want to support another all-white/cis cast taking on difficult subject matter in a sometimes irresponsible manner.
See it if You are game for a fun AND serious nonsense-free, irony-free take on contemporary sexuality and representation of women.
Don't see it if You're sexually repressed or self-identify as an internet troll.
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