Wish You Were Her: True Focus Theater’s CAT FIGHT
By Natasha Lewin
Women are nature’s multi-taskers — consistent only in the complexity to be entirely inconsistent. Constantly changing, ever growing, eternally nurturing, the female species is not only the more stoic of the genders but also — until men can start giving birth like male seahorses can — the givers of life. So what is being a woman really like? The all-lady cast of director Vanessa Cate’s Cat Fight explores the feminine mystique in a mélange of dance, poetry, monologue, and pop music vignettes dedicated to the many facets of the female.
From the good: reveling in singlehood, the choice to be kid-free, or taking pride in promiscuity; to the bad: cat calls, domestic abuse, and the horrors of losing a child; the ladies of Cat Fight strip down (literally) personal perspectives of womanhood.
Though many of the pieces focus a bit too much on the sexual as opposed to the intellectual, notable standouts include: ‘Act-On,’ which focuses on the diminishing number of roles for actresses past a certain age, and ‘The Perfectionist,’ which (just like it sounds) address the external bias and inner diatribes women face on the regular. Actresses Jonica Patella, Kire Horton, and Mariana Leite shine with the feminine diversity that this show seeks to spotlight.
Catch the show Saturdays and Sundays from July 5th to July 27th at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater 4850 Lankershim Blvd. 91601. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com. Run time is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.