|the cast of Real Women Have Curves (photo by Molly Weibel)|
|fashion show at the factory (photo by Molly Weibel)|
Towards the end of the play the women start taking their clothes off, first because of the heat, then as a statement of body positivity. There's something really liberating and affirming to see women of different shapes and sizes feeling comfortable just hanging out in their underwear. As women we're taught to be embarrassed of the parts of our bodies that don't meet the impossible standards of female beauty. Our round bellies, our thick thighs, the flesh on our upper arms are all natural parts of a healthy female body, not something to hide or disguise, as this play reminds us. What a wonderful feeling to shed that embarrassment and (literally and figuratively) let it all hang out, as these characters do with such joy.
You can see the charming and heart-warming Real Women Have Curves for the next two weekends only. Bring your family, or a group of friends, or go by yourself to experience this beautiful and inspiring story.