Dialogue Between a Prostitute and Her Client at Fremont Centre Theatre
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The last date listed for Dialogue Between a Prostitute and Her Client was Sunday April 18, 2010 / 3:00pm.
Manila the prostitute is a matter-of-fact businesswoman. She provides a commodity for a fee. This isn’t quite enough for her client, who likes to fantasize when he engages in sex. But Manila is also a woman of intellect, which means she is capable of some fantasizing of her own, and it is her fantasies which are the keys to her own fragility and vulnerability. Her business is not so simple, after all.
The revered Italian playwright, novelist, screenwriter and essayist Dacia Maraini is famously a feminist, which means that her treatment of erotic themes extends way beyond the merely titillating. Prostitution provides a dramatic metaphor for various aspects in male-female relationships, including issues of power and domination, as well as the objectification and commercialization of women. Prostitutes have often been protagonists in popular narrative. Maraini goes beneath the surface of popular stereotype to give Manila a human face.
Is “Dialogue Between a Prostitute and Her Client” sexy? Yes. But its political underpinnings also make it thoughtful.