created by irene glezos and brad calcaterra
starring irene glezos
directed by brad calcaterra
Y is the psychic autopsy of a woman who took the name Marilyn Monroe. Untangling truth, rumor and delusion, Y is one woman's investigation into the mysteries of an unsolved death.
Los Angeles County. Coroner's Case 81128:
The unembalmed body is that of a 36 year old well-developed, well-nourished Caucasian female weighing 117 pounds and measuring 65½ inches in length. The scalp is covered in bleached blond hair. The eyes are blue. Anatomical Summary. External Examination. Lividity* of face and chest with slight ecchymosis** of the left side of the back and left hip. The standard Y-shaped incision was made. Upon excision, the heart weighs 300 grams. The brain, 1,440 grams. I ascribe the death to Acute Barbiturate Poisoning.
* Lividity: a discolored bluish appearance caused by congestion of blood after death.
** Ecchymosis: bruising.
signed, Thomas T. Noguchi, Deputy Medical Examiner
5 August, 1962
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"For exactly 60 minutes, actor Irene Glezos sits bolt upright on a stool, her platinum wig teased this way and that. She wears what used to be called a foundation garment, one that generously accentuates her curvaciousness. There is literally nothing else on stage but a sleek bucket holding a bottle of what is ostensibly sparkling wine, from which she periodically pours into a martini glass. She then holds the glass, always with perfect poise, right at the level of her eyes. Before uttering one word in that familiar girlish whisper, before the tiniest sliver of narrative leaves her lips, we know this is Marilyn Monroe.
…Clearly, she's dead: The piece's title refers to the type of incision typically used on autopsied women. This Marilyn, moreover, details and wistfully rues the manner in which her internal organs were supposedly disposed, and she offers a lament for how the official attribution of her death -- to barbiturate-induced suicide -- may have been, as some historians have argued, a cover-up for President John F. Kennedy initiated by his brother Robert, then the U.S. attorney general.
Y, Marilyn Unstitched isn't merely a chat-and-remember session with the ultimate Hollywood misfit. Other characters in the play, which Glezos created with director Brad Calcaterra, continually elbow themselves into the storytelling like cheap shots of tequila. They include Monroe's mentally unstable mother, Gladys, and a cameo from , another toothy sibling in the Kennedy clan…. Each character is crystalline -- Glezos has a real facility for voices and faces…
…[T]he piece is about Marilyn, for a final time, helping people enter her psyche."
Reviewed by Leonard Jacobs