A feminist comic romp
This article is from 2010.
In Helen Eisenbach’s comic piece, actresses turn up for an audition to a sexually charged theatre production, the creation of the heard but never seen Rod Laselle (voiced by Harry Shearer of The Simpsons and Spinal Tap fame). By coincidence, the strait-laced Grace’s rather more laidback ex-girlfriend turns up too and so begins her journey of sexual discovery. As the passions spill over from the tongue-in-cheek (no pun intended) soft porn scenarios such as pizza delivery girl, repair (wo)man, and so on, it’s refreshing to see women behaving blatantly ‘badly.’
Wanking, making out and acting like the sexual beings we are is still largely taboo behaviour. After all, how often do you read that a fella is a slag scrawled on a public toilet door? It’s not laugh-a-minute, more mildly amusing and as for the ‘is it art or titillation’ question, you can safely say that Assembly Rooms audiences are there for the feminism. Well, for the most part anyway...
Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 29 Aug (not 16), 10.40pm, £12–£14 (£11–£13).