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Who’s Afraid Of Vagina Wolf?

by Bill Biss
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Monday Apr 7, 2014
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Is life all it’s cracked up to be when you hit that certain age? Not only when you reach that "mystery" age but at the same time, thinking about all you have or have not accomplished? In a nutshell, this is just part of the premise of "Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?."

Please note the spelling of the title and yes, it’s correct. With a wink and a nod to the original masterpiece, Cuban filmmaker and director Anna Margarita Albelo takes the difficult and disturbing premise of Edward Albee and Mike Nichols’ film production of "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and morphs this serio-comic and dramatic idea into a group of lesbian friends trying to create a film that has something relevant to say and is entertaining on a shoestring budget.

Now, you can scoff at the re-telling of a classic Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton film, yet the rehearsals, script and direction of this movie within a movie cause similar tidal waves of reverberation through the group of women involved. It could be as ridiculous as men playing all the roles in a Shakespearean production, yet the film dives deeper into general perceptions about what it is to be a lesbian of the 21st Century. The entire cast creates sparks while Guinevere Turner ["The L Word"], as "Martha," turns heads and spins them in fear and barbed humor.

Personally, thoughts flash back to flowery words of wisdom in "The Vagina Monologues," yet this film uses a completely different analogy of the word. See, you could say, "Yes Vagina, there is a Santa Claus!" See what I mean? The use of the word "vagina" as a title has limited entertainment value as a film commodity.

Needless to say, the cast including director Albelo and the actress portraying the inimitable Elizabeth Taylor and the character of Penelope Greengrass don’t fail to entertain and learn the true meaning of the word "Love."

This article is part of our "Boston LGBT Film Festival" series. Want to read more? Here's the full list»

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