The Feminism of a Soft Merlot or (How the Donkey Got Punched)

Feminist! Donkey Punch!

Yeah, let’s start this post with the nitty-gritty. For those of you who don’t know what the above means, here is the Urban Dictionary definition juxtaposed with the definition of Feminism. Take a good hard look friends:
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Donkey Punch. Feminism. Some people don’t care to know what either of these words actually mean. Donkey Punch is a term joked about in a group of friends. As a degrading act toward women, it’s a term that is not taken seriously; we think it’s funny, but why? Feminism is the same. Many people don’t know that feminism is not “I AM WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR, I WILL OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT AND KILL YOU WITH MY HAIRY VAGINA!” It’s a term that is also not taken seriously… because those feminists are crazy. Ha, well guess what Buckos? You’re wrong because feminism is EQUALITY of the sexes not women should conquer all ((But shhh, women should conquer all, don’t tell the boys)). I’m glad both of these words are in the title of the play. It gives us a great idea about the way words, actions, and even thoughts can be perceived differently based on one’s own mindset/society’s standards.

But HALLELUIAH, It’s a great time to be a feminist! Social Media is running rampant with the hashtag YesAllWomen(fb)/ #YesAllWomen(tw) in response to the devastating recent misogynist California Rampage. Young female celebrities who can’t define feminism are getting open letters and sparking lots of conversation. And women in the media are stronger than ever. Yes, it is a great time to be a feminist indeed. Which means it is the perfect time for a play like this.

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The Feminism of a Soft Merlot or (How the Donkey Got Punched) by Micheline Auger and directed by Audrey Alford is empowering on so many levels. Each character undergoes a powerful transformation and the casting made those transformations believable. The cast, made up of Diana Oh, Lauren Dortch-Crozier, Patrick Daniel Smith, and Justin Anselmi, is impeccable. They are one helluva ensemble. And this play is the kind that needs a tight ensemble.

Yes, this is a feminist play, but it is also hilarious. There were lines that had me rolling in my seat. The playwright, director, and cast found ways to seamlessly tie humor, humanity, and pain together to give the audience a fulfilling and deeply touching experience. By finding the light in some serious lines such as when Kareena says something along the lines of “Bitch is basically PC” or when Teddy says to Kareena “It’s like you’re the guy.” I also loved the use of gender equality, such as when Kareena and Sam are trying to have girl talk and Teddy says, “I can be one of the girls.” Simply put, I’m happy to say that this show made me laugh but also left me contemplating the female experience.

I can’t stress enough how important this play is. It is so important. It is so modern; It’s like the modern day Vagina Monologues. Men might think it’s not for them. Well if you’re a man reading this, it is for you! The Feminism of a Soft Merlot or (How the Donkey Got Punched) is as equally for you as it is for any woman. (And I will note, the two men sitting in front of me during the performance were really into it – I could hear them laughing and making comments. It was beautiful.) This play is for everyone. It’s about equality. And as the director, Alford, said of herself in the director’s note, this play will change the way you look at the world.

So if you are a feminist, this show is a MUST see. It’s a must see if you aren’t a feminist, too! (But also you should just be a feminist). How about I put it plain and simple: If you are a human being YOU MUST SEE THIS SHOW. It’s required curriculum for lessons in humanity.

Plus, when you go to a show and they give you a free vibrator, you know it’s gonna be good. (This was true for opening night at least haha, Thanks Pleasure Chest!)


(^That’s me!)

Now that I know I’ve sold you on the show, Get your tickets here:
Saturday, May 24, 9PM
Sunday, May 25, 7PM
Wednesday, May, 28 8PM
Friday, May 30, 9PM
Saturday, May 31, 7PM
Saturday, June 1st, 3PM
Thursday, June 5, 8PM
Friday, June 6, 8PM
Saturday, June 7, 8PM
Saturday, June 14, 9PM
Sunday, June 15, 3PM
Tuesday, June 17, 8PM
Wednesday, 18, 8PM
Thursday, 19, 8PM
Saturday, 21, 7PM
Sunday, June 22, 7PM