The women of ‘I Don’t Know What a Carrie is’

Since the early days of the sexual revolution, women have struggled to define their own identity. When it comes to sex, in particular, women have been graded on the sexiness of their bodies. Candace…

The women of ‘I Don’t Know What a Carrie is’

Since the early days of the sexual revolution, women have struggled to define their own identity. When it comes to sex, in particular, women have been graded on the sexiness of their bodies. Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City trilogy gives us women who need to look good for men. But the barriers to figuring out our own bodies are legion. In her new play, “I Don’t Know What a Carrie is,” Bushnell tells the story of four women’s struggles over the course of a single evening.

“People tell me that ‘The Female Eunuch’ is still that small little little little thing [though] it’s almost 30 years old now,” Bushnell told Washingtonian at a post-show Q&A. “It’s weird, but I do think that, that is being played out. But I think that every now and then, a new play comes along that’s kind of like ‘Sex and the City.'”

Bushnell’s tale takes place at a long-deserted resort room where four women gather for a quickie. During the night, they encounter each other by chance — and what happens next is familiar to us, as well as the women Bushnell chose to play these roles. Bushnell was inspired by her own situation, which involved poor table manners and a disastrous love affair. (She’s since gotten married, and has a daughter.) Here’s how we categorized the women in the play:

Helen Rose, played by Patti Bruce

She’s your typical buttoned-up NYC career woman who’s comfortable in her skin — even though she loves clothes but prefers men with boys haircuts. Like Carrie Bradshaw, she has her own hit TV show and is a little too attractive for its own good.

Lily, played by Laura Mitchell

Easily the most fun of the bunch, Lily puts her best foot forward and is a little on the slutty side. But, just like Carrie Bradshaw, she’s fun and buzzworthy. At the night’s end, she flat-out begs off the one-night stand.

Liz, played by Becca Stevens

With a husband and a career, Liz has the most high-powered life possible. Except for one thing: She’s 35 and wants a hot love life — but is too young for men to notice her.

Carrie, played by Amy Betts

Carrie Bradshaw is glamorous and well-adjusted — and may even have a pretty apartment and a great job. Even though she’s clearly not getting what she wants out of life, she doesn’t seem the kind of woman who hits it and quits it. Despite her loud mouth and wild-child ways, Carrie is a realist. At age 38, it’s safe to say she’s not too old for a man.

Alice, played by Baylee Cooperman

At 48, Alice’s great in bed — though she needs to groom herself a little better. And she knows what a Carrie is. She probably doesn’t quite understand what that means, however.

The play runs Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m., and Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit the Source: http://bit.ly/IkCara

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