Deneh’Cho Thompson reviews Distractingly Sexy at the Vancouver Fringe

Despite the byline above, this review is by Deneh’Cho Thompson.

 

Mily Mumford is performing Distractingly Sexy at the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

“I think of myself as pretty sexy. I am a scientist.” Mily Mumford in Distractingly Sexy

DISRACTINGLY SEXY

Distractingly Sexy teaches, tickles and tempts—oh, and overtly challenges the patriarchy.

Once again, Mily Mumford, artistic director of Nebula Company Theatre, brings us a quirky and comedic show but, this time, instead of science fiction, Mumford is bringing science non-fiction. The show is one part The History of Women in Science, and How They Got Fucked Over and one part Mumford’s own experience of applying to be an astronaut. (Yes, a real-life astronaut; we have those in Canada.)

Right out of the gate Mumford is on the attack! She enters as scientist Tim Hunt, whose sexist comments spawned #distractinglysexy, and ultimately saw him dismissed from the University College of London. After a striptease, in which she peels Tim Hunt off and discards his presence, the audience is asked to, all at once, shout out names of famous female scientists. Only one trick: you can’t use Marie Curie.

Distractingly Sexy does a great job of pointing out the shortcomings our society still has in relationship to women, but is fun and humorous the whole way through.

Required reading for anyone who is not a woman scientist.

Remaining Shows: Studio 16 on September 10 (8:15 p.m.), 11 (10:15 p.m.), 14 (6:45 p.m.), 15 (8:35 p.m.), and 16 (2:45 p.m.)

About Colin Thomas

Colin Thomas is a Vancouver-based editor, an award-winning playwright, and an established theatre critic. Colin helps writers unlock the full potential of their novels, short stories, screenplays, and children's books.

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