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The posters advertising Lysistrata warn: “Strong language, mature content, adult audiences only.”

And for good reason.

Jackie Holder as Myrrhine and Evan Langle as Kinesias during the rehearsal of Lysistrata at the Center of the Arts theater on Wednesday, April 23 2014. Lysistrata is a play set in ancient Greek directed by Heather Corwin, in which women plan a sex strike to obtain peace. (Nagisa Mihara/Courier)
Jackie Holder as Myrrhine and Evan Langle as Kinesias during the rehearsal of Lysistrata at the Center of the Arts theater on Wednesday, April 23 2014. Lysistrata is a play set in ancient Greek directed by Heather Corwin, in which women plan a sex strike to obtain peace. (Nagisa Mihara/Courier)

As soon as the music starts and the actors walk on stage, the theme of sex is staring at you in the face. This comedy is filled with sexual innuendo and double entendres, which will leave you gasping for air.

The play takes place during the war between Athens and Sparta in a bathhouse. There, a young socialite, Lysistrata, gathers a meeting of the women of Athens and Sparta for a secret meeting of the “Women for Peace.”

At dawn Lysistrata tells of her plan for peace to all the women: for all the women of both Athens and Sparta to tease their men and refuse sex until a peace agreement is settled on

The song that jumpstarts it all is Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty.” The song starts and soon the three women dressed in servant’s clothes dance around, shaking and whipping a towel back and forth.

Scattered all throughout the play were lesbian innuendo, gay references, penis and boner jokes, and sex references that produced many laughs.

One of the one-liners was in a scene where the women are drinking during their “peace ceremony.” When the glass was taken from her she apologized and said she was “thirsty.”

One of the best penis references is when the women are in the bathhouse eating bananas. Some were eating it slowly and some were shoving the whole thing in their mouth and down their throats.

But the best scene of the whole play was when one of the women’s husband comes home from the war. As he stands in the doorway, she is at the top of the stairs wearing pink lingerie with a corset and surrounded by the servant women.

Soon “Naughty Girl” by Beyoncé starts playing and the other women start doing a sexy dance to entice and entertain the husband. Eventually the women grab chairs and end up doing a burlesque dance.

The scene following the dance produces one of the funniest lesbian jokes.

A husband was complaining about his wife not being home. He shouts at the other women asking why his wife is in “this lesbian brothel.” The women defend their position and try to convince him to go with the plan. But the three senators who were punished for starting the war by dressing as servant women are trying to ruin it.

So if you haven’t seen Lysistrata and you love sex humor, this is a must-see. The last showings are Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The price is $10 for general admission and $5 for students, staff, and seniors.

 

 

 

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