“I am a lesbian. Plain and simple and I don’t make any bones about it.” This is the token line that was said by each character in PULP, the Richmond Triangle Players new production that opened Wednesday at the Gay Community Center of Richmond. Written by Patricia Kane, PULP brings to life the pulp fiction novels of the 1950′s. At the time these books were sold under the table and the ladies reading them had to take great care not to be caught.
Fast forwarding to today, it’s refreshing to see five lovely ladies get up on stage and perform a piece about love and passion between women. The show was fantastic.
There are five actresses, and each of them made a lasting impression through their character. There are a variety of different women being portrayed – the fiery lipstick lesbian, the butch girl, the drag king, the powerful woman, and the fun best friend.
Director John Knapp did a wonderful job bringing these characters from script to stage. PULP is full of wonderful one-liners that bring laughter and excitement to the audience, and a sarcastic undertone that brings the PULP genre to life. The costumes, language, and ideals performed in PULP are true to the time period and take the audience back.
The vocal performances in the show are worth the ticket and take you to a different place. You begin to feel as though you are at The Well, the bar that the play takes place in.
PULP runs through April 18th with showings on Fridays and Saturdays (except April 4th) and one matinee on April 5th at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25. Check out www.rtriangle.org for ticket information and show times.
Ana Conceicao received her BFA in Crafts and Art Education at VCU and currently teaches visual arts classes around Richmond.