Review by: Peter Brown Every once in a while a play turns up which has something special to offer. The subject is rape. American playwright William Mastrosimone wrote this play after talking with a rape victim. Later, he confronted her on the courthouse steps with a warning that he intended attacking her again. Marjorie is listening to the radio and getting herself ready for the day. Her flatmates, Terry and Pat, have gone to work.
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Extremities is a dark and incredibly intelligent play that lays bare, amongst other things, the ineptitude of law and society to bring victims of crimes committed behind closed doors crimes like attempted rape to justice.
Extremities is a dark and incredibly intelligent play that lays bare, amongst other things, the ineptitude of law and society to bring victims of crimes committed behind closed doors — crimes like attempted rape — to justice.
While dealing with a sensitive issue and making a strong political and psychological statement, it also manages to be funny in places. Extremities is a play about a girl who traps her almost-rapist inside her fireplace, while debating with her roommates about what should become of her would-be rapist. It covers a controversial issue about who would be to blame for something like rape. It points out the outlying factors to Very It points out the outlying factors to what can cause it somewhat like the French film, Irreversible did.
I do think that Raul and Marjorie are fascinating characters, but Terry and Patricia are just kind of there. A lot more mystery could be thrown into the plot, if that were the case.
Super dark. A woman is almost raped and in a turn of events she manages to subdue and lock up her attempted rapist. She then must decide what to do with him. I like the fact that the play is not afraid to get dirty and allow a female character to have anger and want to act on that anger. I am not a big fan of the ending, however, it felt too politically correct and a bit like a lifetime movie. Jan 06, Kristina rated it did not like it This was required reading for acting class.
The rape scene was disturbing but the rest of the play was cliche and boring.
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Plot[ edit ] A young woman, Marjorie, is attacked in her home by a would-be rapist, Raul, and manages to turn the tables on him, tying him up in her fireplace. Her roommates come home to discover the attacker bound with cords, belts and other household items. Terry and Patricia, the roommates, express different points of view about rape in society. Terry, a rape victim herself as a teenager, believes that Raul will not be convicted because a rape did not actually occur and there is no proof. Patricia believes in the judicial system and insists on calling the police. Memorable cast members[ edit ] Susan Sarandon originated the lead role of Marjorie in the off-Broadway production.