Alex Blaze

Betty Speaks; Notes from the Parisian Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 26, 2009 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: betty speaks, feminism, France, Louise Deville, paris, performance art, women

Betty Speaksbetty-speaks.jpg, a one-woman show starring Louise Deville as Betty Cracker, is a performance art piece about a woman who goes from star housewife to innocent lesbian newbie to bull-dyke to fabulous queer femme in 50 minutes. Fresh, fun, and feminist, Betty Speaks presents the world of lesbianism to the audience through the eyes of a cheerful outsider searching for her own identity in the face of her need to please others. (More information about the festival can be found at the theater festival's site.)

The piece opens with Betty telling the audience about how her husband just left her, her redecorating needs, her planned housework for the day, and a dirty dream starring Angelina Jolie. In the following scenes, Betty returns to the audience to inform them of her whereabouts and feminist education, new styles, and all the new women she's cooking for.

While Deville's performance was at times stilted and the direction was awkward and slow, I was happy to see a fellow young anglophone on stage performing her first play written in French to a room full of Parisians. My hat's off to Deville for taking on this project - it takes ovaries to do that and have fun at the same time.

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