And theres something distinctly of the era about the plot of Hooters, named before the founding of the worlds most embarrassing workplace. Two 19-year-olds vacationing on Cape Cod attempt to get a hard-partying 25-year-old, sour in the face of her upcoming wedding, into bed, bypassing her bookish friend. Its a post-sexual revolution, mid-feminism, pre-AIDS scenario.
Vogt Wilkison says theres more to the play than bad hair and worse pickup lines. She was introduced to it as a drama student at Syracuse University, where it was used for scene study, in which actors had to convey subtext. It looks like a play about sex, she says. But its really about friendship and loyalty and changes. You have to get that from the actors.
So whats with the title? At one point, the two guys are talking about the girl, the ten, and one of them says, Did you see her headlights? explains Vogt Wilkison. Headlights? the other asks. Do you mean her hooters? We salute any actor who can say that with a straight face, let alone do it while conveying subtext.
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