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{my lingerie play} 2017: THE CONCERT AND CALL TO ARMS!!!!!!!!! The Final Installation

Members say: Relevant, Absorbing, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining
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Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Rosalind Productions presents the final part of Diana Oh's epic installation, a concert-show in which she models, sings, and chronicles her relationship with lingerie.

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Over the course of four months, eight street installations of work connected to '{my lingerie play}' have taken place in Times Square, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans, which will culminate in Rattlestick’s production of '{my lingerie play} 2017: THE CONCERT AND CALL TO ARMS!!!!!!!!!' The show explores Oh's experiences from her first lace bra to the vengeful loss of her virginity, from dating to being arrested, from feeling fat in an FAO Schwartz to helping kidnapped brides in Kyrgyzstan, to revealing most importantly, what drove her to take her clothes off in Times Square to kick off her unapologetic ten installations of '{my lingerie play}' to create a saner, safer, more respectful world for women to live in.

 

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The New York Times

"A glitter bomb of feminist and queer protest that feels just right for this cultural moment. And while '{my lingerie play}' isn’t truly a play — it’s more of an indie band concert infused with storytelling, politics and mostly voluntary audience participation — it is definitely theater...As angry as '{my lingerie play}' is, and it is pretty angry, it’s also a friendly, feel-good celebration of human beings sharing a space where it’s safe for them to be themselves." Full Review

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BroadwayWorld

“To describe Diana Oh's newest performance art installation as the pep rally that precedes the dismantling of the patriarchy is by no means a knock on her vibrantly raucous mixture of glitter, soap bubbles, anger, art and activism...It's between the music segments where '{my lingerie play}' truly gets kicking...If there's a prevailing intention immersed in Oh's performance, it's the need for every individual to take on the responsibility of contributing to the healing." Full Review

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Theatermania

"Unquestionably daring...It just leaves you feeling like a revved-up engine with nowhere to go...It's a confused web of free-flowing thoughts and emotions, for which she preempts criticism by arguing that theater holds a mirror up to the times…That doesn't compensate for her sloppy arguments and logical gaps, but there is an undeniable feeling of safety in the literally and figuratively messy room Oh curates for her audiences." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"If the production loses a little of its sizzle by coming indoors at the Rattlestick, that doesn’t mean it loses its reason for being...Oh’s songs can be damn good. Her sermons aren’t as effective; it’s hard to agree, in a theater of all places, that 'Courage is a lace-front wig.' Yet Oh makes a mighty preacher, rallying the converted into a sincere and openhearted circle." Full Review

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Lighting & Sound America

"A cross between a Montessori kindergarten and a campus pep rally, 'My Lingerie Play' is the ultimate bubble entertainment, airing a laundry list of ultraliberal pieties to an audience of the already-convinced by a star who seems blissfully unaware that all her provocations were tried long ago...Everyone leaves, having been treated to a warm bath of self-affirmation. Well, I left bemused. Is this tame striptease really what passes for daring, avant-garde theatre these days?" Full Review

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The Huffington Post

“On pressing contemporary body and gender issues her heart is in the right place…That the intermittently intelligible rock songs are standard-sounding items that could have been written any time in the last 40 years isn’t much of a problem. Some of those audience-involving segments are…Why she believes these actions will turn those going along with it into committed activists is anybody’s guess.” Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

“Annie Sprinkle meets Penny Arcade meets Reno meets John Leguizamo in the person of Diana Oh. In her latest confessional-slash-concert, Oh first appears with large blue eye makeup (reminiscent of Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra), a black and red kimono that eventually comes off to reveal a red bra, which in turn comes off, exposing her voluptuous body. Oh also exposes her victimhood as a Korean-American in a ‘patriarchal, capitalist, cis-heteronormative society.’” Full Review

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Carey Purcell

"It presents righteous anger and frustration with the patriarchal status quos of race, gender, and sexuality. Oh’s performance is simultaneously enraging and inspiring, comforting and nurturing...Fast-paced and emotional...It’s during the moments when Oh blends her personal narrative and her political beliefs that '{my lingerie play}' is at its finest. Her convictions are so deeply felt that the combination feels both seamless and organic. Thankfully, it’s never preachy." Full Review

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87
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Inspiring, Thrilling

See it if you're ready to be part of an experience that is as exciting as it is instigating; Diana Oh is a formidable talent on the rise

Don't see it if you just want to see a play; if you would prefer to leave your "theatre helmet" on and not engage the audience around you

75
Diana oh is a force of nature, both good and not so good

See it if Oh galvanizes audience to actively participate in this show; she dominates stage like cross between Bette Midler & Dionysus

Don't see it if this is concert NOT a play/telling amusing story of Oh's life; Oh's exhortation 2 accept LGBTQ world anything but subtle; outrageous stunts

Also Audience was filled with young 20-30 year olds. You don't have to be y... Read more Read less

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Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you need a theatrical release from the current socio-political climate. This is important work that is direct and sincere.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with coming face to face with hard hitting & often times very intimate issues.

100
Clever, Must see, Great singing

See it if you like theatre artists at the top of their craft getting sh*t done!

Don't see it if you want a traditional play-play. This is not that.

Also On the very short list of very very good things I have seen this year.

90
Funny, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if you want to overthrow the partiarchy, and like a feel-good concert/performance art/theater piece for everyone across the gender spectrum.

Don't see it if You do not like audience participation, and/or are racist, sexist, or homophobic.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if you want to see something positive about women and their bodies told with humor and great songs.

Don't see it if you hate glitter and music.

83
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if an Asian woman unapologetically and humorously protesting the boxes in a raw and messy manner seems timely.

Don't see it if addressing queer issues might leave you feeling outside a different box.

100
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if everybody should see this, especially if you love interactive art and building a sense of community

Don't see it if you voted for trump. or maybe that's extra reason you should

89
Absorbing, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Engaging

See it if you want an inclusive open environment that allows you to participate if you want.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional play, as this is more of a concert with a less linear narrative.

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Funny, Absorbing, Exquisite, Relevant, Great singing

See it if You're up for a good time enjoying great songs, hilarious and meaningful speeches. One of the best off-bway shows I've seen and loved

Don't see it if You don't care about LGBT communities or the current situation we're all living not only as women but as human beings

94
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you like rock/punk cabaret style storytelling.

Don't see it if you are homophobic, frigid, don't like immigrant stories, and don't like glitter (it will follow you home, believe me!).

89
Absorbing, Exquisite, Intense, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You love to see progressive, inclusive shows that succeed because they are NOT didactic. This show is evocative, intimate, and personal.

Don't see it if You want a "typical" theater experience. You are uncomfortable with performances that are political. You need a narrative structure.

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Quirky, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if you want to experience a blast of passion and incendiary feelings/emotions on display...nothing more powerful than this

Don't see it if you prefer narrative/traditional theater

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Enchanting, Intelligent, Raunchy, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want a body- and sex-positive concert with brutally honest anectdotes on the state of society today.

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of glitter, audience participation, or intersectional feminism.