Los Monólogos de la Vagina OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • Opening Night:
    May 18, 2014
    Closing:
    July 27, 2014

    Theater: Westside Theatre / 407 West 43rd Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    Based on interviews with a diverse group of women—from a Long Island antique dealer to a Bosnian refugee—The Vagina Monologues brazenly explores the humor, power, pain, wisdom, outrage, mystery and excitement hidden in vaginas. In this production, the entire play will be performed in Spanish. El espectáculo revolucionario de Eve Ensler, Los Monólogos de la Vagina, regresa bajo un nuevo formato. Esta primera reposición de la obra en Nueva York, completamente en español, se representará en su teatro original off-Broadway.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Los Monólogos de la Vagina

    Taking a Stand, on Stools
    Spanish-Language ‘Vagina Monologues’ at Westside Theater

    Laura Collins-Hughes

    June 6, 2014: The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler’s classic paean to women and their genitalia, is always a bit of a feminist rally: part humor, part outrage. That spirit of celebration and defiance runs through Los Monólogos de la Vagina, the Spanish-language version of the show at the Westside Theater, where the ebullient Daphne Rubin-Vega is bringing an extraordinary warmth and vivacity to the proceedings. Staged by Jaime Matarredona, director of the Mexico City production that has been running since 2000, Los Monólogos has a look that’s familiar from other iterations of the show. Barefoot and dressed in black, the cast of three sits on tall chairs, performing with scripts in hand. But for Ms. Rubin-Vega, the chair seems almost a red herring: She sits, yes, but she is hardly at rest. Her smoky voice is a tonal wonder, conveying meaning that doesn’t need translation. She uses her physique the same way. Delivering a monologue about pubic hair, Ms. Rubin-Vega is full-body energy in motion, the chair hardly able to contain her tiny frame. As a woman searching for her clitoris in a vagina workshop, she shifts from shyness to passion to wonder to worry, her free arm flying, not even her toes still. It’s comic and sexy, joyous and sweet.

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