Friday, April 18th

Hunger artists Hey, here are 10 new plays we actually might be able to understand, since they’re all about eating! The Emerging Artists’ Theater belches up something called Spring EATFest 2008, which includes “The Food Monologues”—about, naturally, women’s fraught relationship with sustenance, and comes as something as a relief after the late-20th-century hit The Vagina Monologues, which was about women’s fraught relationship with their cooches. “Society expects women to look a certain way, and unfortunately you could get your nails done, you could get your hair done, wear a nice dress, but if you’re overweight it doesn’t matter; you’re not going to be pretty in society’s eyes,” bemoaned playwright Kerri Kochanski, adding: “When I was writing this play I realized there’s a lot of reasons why women eat, and the least important reason is hunger.” Profound! The play—which features, worrisomely, “an actual food binge”—profiles 13 women and their food issues, including an anorexic teenager, a bulimic college student and a woman who’s reaching middle age and looking in the mirror and saying, How did I end up looking like this?’” Oy vay—how many calories in a vodka shot again?

[The Food Monologues, Roy Arias Theatre Center, 300 West 43rd Street, 7 p.m., www.eatheatre.org]

Friday, April 18th