Reviews Theatre

The Good Body

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 22 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:237
  1. Chloe Veltman (, freelance writer
  1. San Francisco, United States

    Written and performed by Eve Ensler Directed by Peter Askin American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, California, United States, until 1 August 2004

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    In a darkened auditorium against a backdrop of loud gurgling and sucking sounds, a 35 year old woman lies on her back, talking about her latest cosmetic surgery procedure. It is the most recent in a long history of operations, which have included everything from liposuction to soy breast implants. Without a hint of irony, the woman says that she is in a sexual relationship with her plastic surgeon, a man who seems to regard himself as something of a Dr Frankenstein and his partner as his most fabulous creation.

    In recent years, cosmetic surgery has eked out a whole new …

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