Alice Birch’s experimental Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again is a fiercely feminist affirmation that in the Diversionary black-box theater that is home to InnerMission Productions inundates the little space with sound and fury. As much performance art as it is theater, the one-act Revolt is divided into half a dozen vignettes, performed with tireless commitment by a cast of six (five women and one man). Bravest of them all is UCSD student Kirstiana Rosas, delivering a desperately forthright monologue as uninhibited as though she were standing in front of a mirror.
The searing hour and a half explores women’s rights to their own bodies and to equal treatment at work, the questions of reproduction and exploitation, and even rape. It turns loud and excessive in the last 10 minutes or so, but its ardency never wanes.
(Review originally published in San Diego CityBeat on 9/26/18)
David L. Coddon is a Southern California theater critic.