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A Charming Romance, With A Twist
At first, “Kissing Jessica Stein” comes across as a technically problematical Woody Allen clone, all too obviously setting up its eponymous copy editor/painter for a lesbian relationship. But Heather Juergensen and Jennifer Westfeldt, who wrote the screenplay and act the lovers, give such thoroughly involving performances that you come to feel for them deeply, something the Woodman rarely allows. From the opening anecdote, it’s clear that Nat Hentoff has written a powerful if troubling book,
one that illuminates the too frequent and too often successful assaults in America on freedom of expression. But Tristan Taormino, a Wesleyan University alum (class of ’93) and America’s favorite new sexpert, has already arrived at the Plaza Hotel to join me in the Palm Court for some Earl Grey and a three tiered silver tray filled with savory little snacks. After several minutes of cell phone communication in the foyer, we find one another, both of us flushed but too polite to say so. The play by Lisa Jones, and a companion piece, “Life According to Motown” by Patricia Smith, are at the Aetna Theater at the Wadsworth Atheneum through Oct. 25. “Skin” is a biting comic satire, a game show to choose the “$100,000 tragic mulatto” from three female contestants named Specimens 1, 2 and 3. Money, a fabulous career, a glittering social life and all the right connections. But when she was asked to move her car from the fire lane in front of a Hamptons nightclub last month, Lizzie Grubman threw a fit that could rob her of everything she holds dear. After barking an obscenity to a security guard and calling him “white trash,” she rammed her rich daddy’s Mercedes Benz SUV into a crowd,
injuring 16 people before fleeing the scene.