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Body hair. Everyone has it somewhere, but not everyone agrees on what to do with it. In Natural Novice, actor and playwright Siobhan O’Loughlin explores societal attitudes toward body hair on women and inhabits a myriad of characters from different backgrounds to showcase how experience and conviction shape those attitudes.
Natural Novice is a one-person show that follows a woman from a Vermont commune who moves to New York City. She doesn’t shave – anywhere – and she tells the audience stories of her friends and acquaintances and how their body hair has affected their lives. O’Loughlin doesn’t just tell, though. She becomes each of the many characters, who range from a sorority girl who relives a horrific last-minute bikini wax to a transgender female who struggles with her self-image to a Muslim woman of color from Australia who discusses how her faith affects her treatment of body hair.
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