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Scopophilia: Into the Eye of the Sun

Voyeurism and violence in the lives of women


  • Clare Waqu

There are two storylines in Elizabeth Ann McCarthy’s one-woman show Scopophilia: Into the Eye of the Sun. The first is that of Marina, an artists’ model who reveals bits of her life while giving the audience a kind of primer on life drawing. The second is a history-rich story that deals with Mata Hari, the Dutch exotic dancer who was executed in 1917 for espionage.

The play successfully weaves both stories together by exploring the themes they share such as society’s objectification of women, violence against women and the desire for revenge.

McCarthy does an outstanding job. She is an engaging performer, gifted with a mesmerizing physicality and the ability to draw the audience into her world. Her Marina and Mata Hari are beautifully delineated throughout the intercutting scenes.

The end of the play is somewhat unexpected. While Mati Hari’s demise is a foregone conclusion, Marina’s is more surprising. But the clues are there along the way, and the ending entwines the two lives in a satisfying, but tragic, way.


THE BUS STOP THEATRE 2203 Gottingen St

TICKETS: $20 Adult, $15 Arts Workers, $12 Student (with valid ID)

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