Creator and activist Eve Ensler doesn’t tiptoe round a subject. She doesn’t mince phrases.
That unblinking, even brutal, bluntness is a energy in her solo play “Within the Physique of the World,” at Manhattan Theatre Membership and primarily based on her 2014 memoir.
Humor is one other plus. It is available in numerous tones — starting from heat and wry to pitch-black and caustic.
In her e book and now on stage, Ensler (“The Vagina Monologues”) connects the dots between her personal most cancers battle together with her work with abused Congolese girls.
Ensler is among the many strolling wounded — and never simply from the most cancers surgical procedures, however from relationships. She’s not shy about revealing her scars — bodily and psychic.
It makes for anguished howl of a play.
It’s additionally a present that may meander and switch indulgent, even for a memoir. Like when the viewers is invited to bop. However these are minor distractions.
Directed with sensitivity by Diane Paulus and enhanced by vivid projections, the play reminds that connection can arrive when and the place it’s least anticipated.
“Within the Physique of the World” is harrowing, but it surely saves area the place hope and different issues can develop.