In the mid 80’s Clare McIntyre’s Low Level Panic took a very uncompromising look at pornography and the effect on the everyday woman. Director Sahil Choujar explains that today we see a much more toned down version inspired by Naomi Wolf, author of the bestselling book “The Beauty Myth”.
It feels a lot less about pornography or feminism, rather giving the audience a view into the lives of three young woman and the concerns they face. The roommates examine body image, sexuality and fantasies, self esteem and exploitation. Interestingly this adaptation balances the exploration of sexual exploitation of women as well as the sexual exploitation by women.
Set in a cleverly designed bathroom, with running water, the audience can be excused for feeling like a voyeur. The play starts of very strong with Jo (Maryann Boettcher) exploring the sexual power she could cast over men if she were just a few inches taller, while taking a bath. Later Jo explores a repetitive sexual fantasy which never reaches a conclusion. Mary (Kate Englefield), a victim of sexual assault is faced with the exploitation of the female body at every turn. Celia (Alicia Case) a controlling clean freak appears to be quite successful in her way with the boys.
The play starts of strong and contains two powerful solo acts by Englefield. Even though it seems to disengage the audience in times it is a great Fringe production.
Kryztoff Rating 3.5K
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