Theater: Hand Grenade

EXTREMITIES By William Mastrosimone

This is a sting ray of a play. It lashes the audience with melodramatic fury. Its subject is rape, and rape is a four-letter word that screams.

Among crimes against the person, rape is a close second to murder, for it violates the body and desecrates the spirit at the same time. Despite its manifest ugliness, it makes a powerful subject for a play, since any bruising or brutal confrontation between two or more human beings is the atavistic fuel of drama. Indeed, plays with rape as a central motif recur in theatrical literature. Perhaps the most...

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