Driving by the Atlantic Theater yesterday afternoon on my way to a meeting, I noticed that their huge marquee had changed slightly — what was once billed (as recent as the day before) as “THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES – Feb. 15th,16th and 17th” had been changed to “THE HOOHAA MONOLOGUES.”
Confused at the change in terminology from the anatomical to the informal, I called the Theater immediately (904-249-PLAY) and asked the answering manager if some kind of complaint had been made. He told me that a woman, who had driven by with her niece earlier in the day, demanded that they remove the vulgar “VAGINA” from the marquee, as it was wholly offensive to her and others (of presumably equally low intelligence).
The manager, in perhaps the coolest act of management ever, informed the lady that it was (Atlantic Theatres’) sign and that (Atlantic Theatres) could post what they wanted on it. Never mind the fact that the word in question was, in fact, part of the title of an award-winning play and a perfectly appropriate term for female anatomy.
The woman then demanded that Atlantic Theatres change the sign or that she’d “pursue further action.” The manager I spoke with sounded a bit frustrated yet resigned to the fact that any hell this woman could raise would far outweigh his personal satisfaction in keeping the sign as it was.