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Beauty on the Vine

Chicago Tribune

October 31, 2008
BY NINA METZ

Sex appeal and politics—the strangest of bedfellows, where a good figure and a photogenic face have become the fast-track to something. Success? Infamy? What?

"Beauty on the Vine," by Zak Berkman, centers on a talk radio host in the Ann Coulter mold: Hot, blond, smart, and barking mad. "She's like a porn star for fascists," goes one of the play's better lines. Who she is and what she really stands for—she's laying the groundwork for a feminist reclamation of the GOP from its religious stranglehold—rarely rises to the level of actual human being. You could say the same of other talk show hosts out there.

But I'm not sure what Berkman is really railing against here. Plastic surgery and low-grade racism are also on the menu; modern society may have lost its mind, but Berkman doesn't advance the conversation beyond the obvious. While the set design needs to be bumped up several notches, Jason Kae's production for Backstage Theatre Company does feature a terrific performance by Brenda Barrie as the talk show host. She's like someone from "The Hills," with a cunning brain.


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