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    AnonymousMar 2, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    “The cast members, all identified solely by the numbers on the backs of their jerseys” — this is actually not true. If you had paid attention you would have caught that. Two of the girls are named toward the end of the play. Their names are Megan and Alex. Megan’s mom even comes onto the soccer field and says, “Megan’s watching” and talks about her at the end of the play.

    “using a girl’s rumored abortion against her” — they do not use her abortion against her. The character that brings up the abortion is trying to find some way of fitting in and connecting with the other girls who keep ignoring her. She does not know much about the other players except for the fact that one of them had an abortion. The character who brings this topic up has lived all over the world and would not understand why this would be such an offensive and personal thing to bring up. If you didn’t know, culture and what is considered socially acceptable is different around the world.

    “the character stays silent for the majority of the scene afterwards” — oh wow. So I guess many victims of sexual assault do not stay quiet after they are assaulted. It’s not like they carry the shame of what happened to them and relive the experience over and over. Of course she would stay silent after being embarrassed in front of her teammates about the fact that she was assaulted. In reality, 955/1000 perpetrators walk free after committing an assault. MANY victims stay silent — not just her.

    “In the first scene of the play, one half of the team discusses the Cambodian genocide while the other half discusses pads vs. tampons. The obvious message is that high school girls contain multitudes and, no matter the topic, can find many ways to be vicious to one another.” — this scene is actually showing that the girls discuss some very real topics while some other topics are immature. They are in the process of maturing but are still childish and joke with each other. Who was so mean to you in high school that you think every high school girl is vicious?

    To the Trinitonian: please do your research before you make your own conclusions about a play you clearly do not understand. A Google search, simply paying attention to the play, or discussing the play with others would have prevented your lack of understanding. It’s really not that hard. Do better.

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    AnonymousMar 2, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    “Who even knows what’s happening with that girl rubbing orange slices across her face?” — You mean the fact that she suffers from an eating disorder, which was picked up by many in the audience? “The assault is not shown and the character stays silent.” — You mean the commentary on society’s prevalent problem with glossing over sexual assault and the difficulties that are tied to coming forward with it? “The thought of death miraculously cures anxious girl of her mental illness.” ——— Oh boy.

    This article comes across as very misinformed and ignorant. It’s more than fine not to like a play — theater and criticism have always been partners — but it’s a different story not to even take a few quick seconds to carry out a Google Search when you’re writing a piece.

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