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Token Theatre Friends: Eve Ensler’s Many Fruits

Jose Solís and Diep Tran interview the author of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ about her new ‘Fruit Trilogy,’ and discuss new plays by Dominique Morisseau and Nilo Cruz.

Twice a month on the Token Theatre Friends video series, theatre critics Jose Solís and Diep Tran bring a POC perspective to the performing arts. They discuss three shows at three different price points, then offer their picks for the best one for the money.

Unfortunately this week, due to some technical difficulties, the recording of the show reviews was unusable (#FriendFail). But what was usable was the Friends’ interview with Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues. So enjoy this longer-than-normal interview segment!

Eve Ensler

The Friends spoke to Eve about her newest play, Fruit Trilogy, part of Abingdon Theatre in New York’s 25th anniversary season (running through June 23). Diep and Jose spoke to Eve about how she combines entertainment and activism, her reactions to being on that New York Times best play list, and why she thinks losing hope is a luxury.

If you really need ideas for shows to see Off Broadway, below the Friends saw three shows and reviewed them for you, on a podcast that you can download onto your phone and take with you everywhere.

Paradise Blue by Dominique Morisseau, playing at Signature Theatre through June 17 (1:33). In the third play in Morisseau’s Detroit series, set in 1949, a nightclub owner debates whether to sell his club to white buyers. Tickets are $55-$85.

Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr, at Irish Repertory Theatre (9:35). The Irish playwright examines a woman on her deathbed, as she talks to herself about what she should have done before she died. And it’s actually pretty funny. $50.

Exquisita Agonia by Nilo Cruz at Repertorio Espanol (15:14). In the Pulitzer winner’s newest play, a grieving widow tries to find the person who received her late husband’s heart. $17-72.

Plus, the Friends discuss what plays or musicals should be given Tony Awards (hint, they’re not on Broadway and they should be).

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