Paula Vogel’s acclaimed play is set in 1960s rural America and explores a teenage girl’s coming of age as she navigates a complicated relationship with an older man – her aunt’s husband, Peck. This memory play skilfully follows the young girl, Li’l Bit, through her adolescence and college years as part of a family whose notions of parenting are difficult to embrace. Surrounded by pubescent boys and grown men who seem to only think about sex and women’s breasts, Li’l Bit never stops looking for love even as she finds herself caught up in the most dangerous love of all.
This journey of a woman looking back on her life and her relationship with her aunt’s husband, blurs the line between what is wrong, and what feels right. It’s frequently confronting as the writer questions how far we will go to excuse wrong-doing in the name of love. Vignettes from a Greek-style chorus add many moments of levity and pathos to the picture of a family with no basic sense of the rules of the road.
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