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LA Theater Review
Damnee Manon, Sacree Sandra
Director Richard Stein's version (of John Van Burek's English translation) is a straightforward presentation, his performers wholly embodying their roles. Jessica Lamprinos adds a physical dimension to the role of religious zealot Manon, describing such sensations as kissing the body of a rosary's Christ figure. She also reveals Manon's vituperative nature in numerous ways commendable for their subtlety. "I'm on the verge of blasphemy!" she states, unaware she has already blasphemed. She then blasts God for being "the one who made all the decisions," as if He were an errant husband, and describes what it's like to feel God coming inside of her—again, as if he were nothing but the most base mortal.
Alexander Price introduces welcome elements of humor into the role of the transvestite who calls himself "Sandra," a character who gets off on his uncanny ability to transform his outer appearance—what he calls "a variable woman." Price glows with genuine warmth as a reflective spirit who understands women and what it means to be female. If nothing else, Tremblay's opus gives us a little over an hour's time in the company of two fascinating and wholly intriguing characters.
Presented by and at Monkey Wrench Collective, 204 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton. June 24–July 24. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. (714) 525-1400. www.monkeywrenchcollective.org.
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