Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Fringe 2015 - Part 3 and Best of Fringe
As the joke proceeds, the relationship between the waitress and her customer goes from jovial and slightly flirty to a more ominous situation where the woman feels increasing uneasy and slightly fearful of the man. The moral of the play seems to be that in certain male-female interactions, the woman needs to be always on her guard for the possibility that the situation could turn hostile or even violent. The play is written by a woman and a self-proclaimed feminist. If the intent was to generalize and indict the male population, then it seems a bit harsh, but there is no doubt that the circumstances conveyed in the play are ones that women could and possibly do encounter regularly. The punchline of the joke is a red herring, since it soon becomes obvious that the woman is never going to be allowed to finish telling the joke. This was an interesting play that made you think about it long after you left the theatre.