Simply elegant, heart-wrenching, moment-to-moment, unsentimental theatre. Remarkable boldness from these young actresses and unusually assured staging from this director who brought La la la Strada to The Fringe, last year. Bravo!...
This was a bold piece, so to speak. I really applaud all efforts from the staging, the acting, even the music choices! ...
June 26, 2016
For fringereview.com. Proboscis Theatre Company, of Santa Barbara, brought two offerings to the Hollywood Fringe this year; the one-woman show "Bloody Beautiful" and this two-hander about a British court case in which a female student (Gayle Newland) was charged with sexual assault when her (female) lover of two years claimed she had always believed her to be a man.
The piece starts with the two girls doing a ritualized dance, one is blind-folded, the other wears a strap-on penis. This was my third fake penis of the fringe, but the first to get the title-role.
We hear the varying versions of how the deception/roleplay started through verbatim court testimony, plus some wholly invented scenes. Are these girls using their new-found freedom t...