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A stranger lets himself into an isolated farm house and attacks a woman who lives there. He throws her on the coffee table, grabs a pillow from the couch and smothers her into submission.

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In the local staging, directed by Andrea Rickey, the story starts on an ordinary day, when a woman named Marjorie (KtMarie Scarcello) is at home folding laundry and listening to the radio. Her roommates have left for work, so she's alone, in a flimsy nightgown, when a wasp suddenly stings her knee. She retaliates with heavy duty bug spray.

"Extremities" itself lingers longer than it should, but it never flinches. That's left to the viewers.

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But "exactly who the animal is here isn't entirely clear," the sensible roommate Patricia (Megan Hartwig) points out when she returns.

aren't as horrified as they should be.

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During scene transitions, a montage of newscasts about real life assaults (compiled by Aliza Reisberg) projects across overlapping sheets hung behind the set, as if to suggest that stories like this happen all too often. But in this case, it's hard to believe that nobody would call the police. The roommates Skechers For Girls Twinkle Toes

And she does with the can of bug spray. While he's momentarily blinded, she ties him up with an extension cord and shoves him into the fireplace, where he spends most of the rest of the 90 minute show.

asks him to leave, he tries to bait her with creepy small talk, closing in on her until all at once he's on top of her, pulling her hair.

The story wouldn't work if that first scene weren't believable. But it is. Scarcello and Morales ratchet up the fight from merely uncomfortable to Vans For Women Floral actually scary, which is important for the psychological battle that follows.

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This is a show that you probably don't want to see so much as have seen. It shines a cold light on sexual assault and the trauma that lingers long after the attack in the police reports, in the courtrooms, in the hushed explanations to friends and family. Victims often fear, too, that they'll meet their attackers again.

When the tables turn, his smarmy confidence gives way to palpable fear. Her vulnerability turns into seething, even sadistic, anger toward the man she refers to only as "the animal."

The playwright William Mastrosimone wrote the story after talking with a rape victim whose attacker was Vans Gum Sole Women

´╗┐Tallgrass Theatre's 'Extremities'

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Just as suddenly, a stranger named Raul (Zander Morales) walks right through the front door, claiming to look for a guy named Joe. When Marjorie Mbt Shoes For Sale In Uk

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The play "Extremities" gets right to the point: It starts with an attempted rape.

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It's not a scene you'd easily forget, especially in the viscerally disturbing production that Tallgrass Theatre presents through April 26 in West Des Moines.

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"Kiss me nice," he growls. "Yes, yes. Nice. Smile. Smile! Nicer! How ya doin'? Answer me!"

Both she and the gentler roommate, Terry (Nicole Hargrove), try to call the police, but Marjorie persuades them against it because she fears she's gone too far. Besides, it was an attempted rape: She has no proof.

So the playwright's script imagined that woman's fear, first in a 1982 production off Broadway and then in a 1986 movie, starring Farrah Fawcett and James Russo.

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acquitted in court. The man confronted her afterward on the courthouse steps and warned her that he would attack her again.

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