Anyone who subscribes to the bedrock essentialism of gender — or, for that matter, wouldn’t mind borrowing her life philosophy from Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus — might hold that sex, for women, is about connection while sex, for men, is about conquest. Women, in other words, are on a perpetual, perhaps quixotic search for “The One,” when really “The One” doesn’t exist. Thus, women seek intimacy when it’s not really there. And if they can’t find it, they’ll impose it.
Playwright Je-Caryous Johnson seeks to turn the tables on these old-school stereotypes. Her new romantic farce, Whatever She Wants — which stars Vivica Fox, Boris Kodjoe, Tamala Jones, Lil G, and Shaft‘s Richard Roundtree — centers on Vivian Wolf (OMG, metaphor alert!), a thoroughly modern women who launches a private nightclub with restrictive entry policies for men. Those denied access include, according to the press materials, “baby daddies, bad credit, potbellies, living with your mama, and no car” (a list that hopefully encompasses all types of men with a serious imbalance of talent and ego). Anyone who enjoyed the Vivica Fox kung fu fight scene in Kill Bill would relish an opportunity to watch the actress embark on a journey of self-discovery. Hopefully, she’ll trample the bad boyfriends and baby daddies with a fervor she’d normally reserve for Uma Thurman. Whatever She Wants runs Thursday, October 11 through Saturday, October 13 at the Paramount Theatre, shows happening nightly at 8 p.m. (and an additional 3 p.m. matinee on Saturday). Tickets cost from $34.50-$49.50 and are available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 510-465-6400.