Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Female of The Species at The Geffen Playhouse
The other night I went to see The Female of The Species at The Geffen Playhouse. The show stars Annette Bening as a "Gloria Steinem" type feminist writer. The rest of the cast includes, Julian Sands, David Arquette, Josh Stramberg, Mirelle Enos, and Merritt Wever(who it took me a while to place, but then remembered she's the new nurse on "Nurse Jackie").
The show is really funny while tracking the ups and downs of the feminist movement over the last 50 years. I can't say I agreed with all of the opinions put forth by the characters, but they did make me laugh. In fact the whole audience was practically rolling in the aisles.
The dialogue is great and there are several long speeches by various characters that are masterfully performed. Annette Bening's characters daughter gives one about motherhood that was brilliant, just to name one.
The whole cast is a bit hysterical throughout the show almost in a mad cap comedy way. Long story short, I highly recommend the show. I saw it with my mother and we both enjoyed it tremendously. So it's fun for the whole family, except young kids, I wouldn't bring them.