This two-character drama delves into the layers of power, fear, and intimacy that exist between a traumatized soldier (and former military interrogator) and the female psychologist colonel who is assigned to give him routine treatment. The Treatment is a blunt exploration of torture, accountability, and a soldier’s “duty” to commit atrocities in the name of democracy.
“[An] electricity-charged play…Ensler has crafted a crackling melodrama…”
“Ensler is known for writing politically charged works, and her latest psychological war drama, The Treatment, is no exception…it is obvious that Ensler is referencing the Abu Ghraib controversy where the interrogation tactics of soldiers led to the torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners. Ensler drives her point home…”
– Show Business Weekly
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