Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo
September 15 – October 8, 2016
After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rock-star academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in completely opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs—the prize being Gwen’s husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals. “Thoughtful, funny…One of the top ten plays of 2012.” – Entertainment Weekly
Performances for Rapture, Blister, Burn are at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Drive in RVA’s West End. Talkbacks will follow select performances. Tickets are $28 (Students – $15; group rates available).
Local Theatre Critics Are Raving About Rapture, Blister, Burn!
“Under the insightful eye and balanced guidance of director Carol Piersol, the well-chosen cast of five turns the politics and theories of feminist ideals into an academically grounded yet witty and relevant dialogue that adeptly avoids the predictable and the mundane…The 5th Wall Theatre’s production of “Rapture, Blister, Burn” is exhilarating, smart, and hilarious.” -Julinda Lewis, Richmond Times-Dispatch
In the latest smart, engaging, contemporary comedy produced by 5th Wall Theatre, playwright Gina Gionfriddo delves into the state of American feminism in the 21st century… As depressing as that conjecture sounds, “Rapture, Blister, Burn” is no downer…Director Carol Piersol has emphasized the winning interpersonal dynamics of her cast…” -David Timberline, Style Weekly
“Under the quiet, naturalist direction of Carol Piersol, the cast brings Ms. Gionfriddo’s characters to fully felt life without a lot of noise or distractions…A fine play expertly presented. Chalk one up for Fifth Wall Theatre.” -Fred Kaufman, GayRVA.com
“…the show has a lively pace and affable direction by Carol Piersol. The actors exhibit a comfortable, natural style that makes their interactions fun to watch…the production is nimbly acted and enjoyable.” -Jerry Williams, Sifter