Directed by Roger Smart, “Her Naked Skin” takes an in-depth look at the Suffragette Movement in London throughout the year 1913. It’s a time when women were imprisoned during their struggle to obtain the rights that men held. “Her Naked Skin” takes the audience to a gritty period when women were still held down by men and expressing the desire for a voice was nothing short of dangerous.
The play is not only a glimpse of such an important movement, but also follows the love story of women’s leading advocate Lady Celia Cain and seamstress, Eve Douglas. The two meet while in prison, finding not only a bond by common ground, but also a true appreciation for each other both emotionally and physically. Lady Celia, imprisoned in her own marriage as the perpetual subservient to her husband, William Cain, finds new life and meaning in her relationship with Eve, who is much younger.
The story is gripping in itself, but gets an additional boost from its excellent cast. Superb acting from head to toe are present from beginning to end, including standout performances from Linda Reiter (Lady Celia Cain), Tim Newell (William Cain), Drew Schad (Dr. Vale, Edward Grey) and Melissa Riemer (Florence Boorman).
The set is simple but seems to make sense in every scene thanks to creative vision, smart lighting and subtle sound effects. That, combined with excellent costume design, makes the year 1913 come alive.
Rebecca Lenkiewicz “Her Naked Skin” is important, entertaining and well crafted. This show should be on every theatre-goer’s radar.