The actors turn to abortion
Her casualness is part of her charm, but she has a purpose. Leiby wants to paint us a picture of abortion not as a crisis or a moral issue, but as a common and confusing medical procedure. The larger context of this show, as she reminds audiences, is a culture of silence surrounding women. From sex education to birth control, she explains everything that is tacit, rushed or hidden. Leiby even got shocked when she called Planned Parenthood, she said, and asking about an abortion, whispered the word. She pokes fun at the vague birth control commercials and imagines an honest one in which a 37-year-old woman wakes up in a cold sweat screaming next to a mediocre white man, which leads to a scene of him in the process. eating Cheetos in a hospital room so she gives birth.
Leiby moves little on stage and his gestures are limited. His comedy draws on his nimble writing, which displays a range and density of thorny jokes – puns, metaphors, misguided direction. She knows how to stage and is attentive to the details of nightmares. She is terrified of horror films and has a very funny podcast, “Ruined”, in which a friend, Halle Kiefer, explains the intrigues of horror films to her. It’s like listening to a color presenter and commentator of a match on the radio, except instead of bullets or strikes, it’s beheadings and exorcisms.
What emerges from the podcast and this show is a sensitivity to anxiety and fear mixed with curiosity. Leiby understands that having a baby is a confusing topic for many, and she acknowledges it, but it’s not her problem. She presents herself as a twisted but awkward protagonist of her own story, describing her attitude towards the perspective of children as follows: “I acted as if my eggs were Fabergé: feminine but decorative.
In 2004, the New York Times published an article on culture and abortion titled “Television’s Most Persistent Taboo”. This has changed. In a short series on “The Comedy Lineup”, on Netflix, the comic Kate Willett has a sharp joke on how men seeking to enter into a relationship should care about the right to abortion. “I don’t even know if the men I know understand that sex can make a child,” she said. “They are super worried that sex might make someone your girlfriend.
In the past year, the streaming services have released two comedies, “Plan B” (directed by Natalie Morales) and “Unpregnant” (directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg), about girls going on the road with a friend to obtain reproductive assistance. These stunning buddy movies don’t explicitly address recent state-level pushes for anti-abortion legislation, but they certainly haunt the action, with clinics shutting down and ideologues providing key points about it. plot.