The Vagina Monologues | Mary's Attic Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Joette Waters, Sandy Smith, Carol Melnick, and Katy Johnson

Joette Waters, Sandy Smith, Carol Melnick, and Katy Johnson

Nicholas Ryan Lamb

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 13 2017
Price: $20-$25
aleatorictheatre.com
The Aleatoric Theatre Company’s empowering production of Eve Ensler’s 1996 episodic play is called an “immersive experience” and a “historical interpretation,” and both descriptions proved apt on the night I attended. With very little prompting, audience members described what their vaginas would wear, what they would say, what their essence comes down to, etc., making for an intimate, relaxed, and ultimately rallying theatrical experience. As far as updates to address modern issues, new monologues included an account of horrific atrocities against women witnessed by the Refugee Alliance Group as well as a powerful poem about navigating school bathrooms as a trans teenager. Sandy Smith is charming and relatable in “the vagina workshop,” and Joette Waters brought many to tears delivering “I Was in the Room,” a piece on a grandchild’s birth. —Marissa Oberlander

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