Friday, October 24, 2008

A new play in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, will examine the far-reaching effects of Martha Stewart's influence on women - from those who embrace Martha's teachings, to those who adamantly reject them.

“There’s a really interesting dichotomy with her,” director John Hudson explains. “She’s a high-powered business woman, and yet she has made all her money and built her business on the ideal of domesticity. It’s such an odd kind of thing. I don’t know if you’ve seen her magazines, but everything’s perfect. And really, how can you attain that unless you have a bevy of servants like she does?”

That’s what Dough: The Politics of Martha Stewart tries to knead through; not Martha herself, but the struggles of the women who follow her in lieu of her "impossible" perfection. Shadow Theatre regular Coralie Carins plays all nine of the show’s domestic divas—“Everything from high-powered society women to a street person, and everything inbetween,” Hudson says—as they follow, reject, or grapple with the teachings of Stewart.

Something tells me Martha wouldn't be a fan of this play. But if you're in the Edmonton area and feeling brave, you may want to check it out:

Dough: The Politics of Martha Stewart
Directed by John Hudson; Written by Lindsay Burns
Starring Coralie Cairns
Runs Thu, Oct 23 - Sun, Nov 9 (7:30pm)
The Varscona Theatre (10329 - 83 Ave), $17 - $25

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