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Lights up on a posh living room. A coffee table with plates of food. j.s.,
a stunning, reserved woman near fifty, sits with melissa, a young, strong
woman who sits awkwardly on the sofa, drinking water. melissa wipes up the
excess water that her drink has left on the coffee table. j.s. moves a
round wooden object toward her.

MELISSA: Oh, it's a coaster. I thought it was an art object. I'm so sorry.

J.S.: Not to worry. It's an old table.

MELISSA: It's gorgeous. In such amazing shape. There's not one smudge on it. I could never keep a table like that. It takes so much time.

J.S.: Well, I don't spend my days polishing the table.

MELISSA: No, no. I'm sure you have someone who does that.

(They both laugh nervously.)

J.S.: You're younger than I expected.

MELISSA: Well, I've been through a lot.

J.S.(unconsciously therapeutic): Yes?

MELISSA: (sensing she's being analyzed, suddenly): Oh, I didn't mean it like that.

J.S.: Like what?

MELISSA: Like that. Like childhood. Like poor me. I don't feel sorry for myself.

J.S.: Why would I think that?

MELISSA: Because you're a shrink. Because I'm sure you'll attribute all I do now to all that happened to me when I was little.

J.S.: I don't know what happened to you when you were little, Melissa.

MELISSA: Do you need to know? Is it important for you to know? I'd rather not be identified or determined by that part of my life. It was their life. This is my life.

J.S.: And what makes this your life?

MELISSA: That feels very much like a shrink question.

J.S.: Oh, I'm sorry.

(They sit awkwardly.)

J.S.: I like your shoes.

MELISSA: You do?

J.S.: Yes, very much.

MELISSA: Kenneth Cole. I love the zippers.

J.S.: They're very . . . definitive.

MELISSA: Well . . . yes. They're grounding. I need shoes that are grounding.

J.S.: Yes. I imagine.

MELISSA: Not 'cause I'm crazy or off-the-wall or anything. But these situations, these wars. One needs . . . grounding.

J.S.: Yes. Your resume's impressive. You come highly recommended.

MELISSA: Oh, I just made it up for you. I mean, typed it . . . up for you. All the facts are true. I usually work alone. I don't have to prove myself. So this is new.

J.S.: It's really interesting. You're trained as a therapist and a writer. That's very unusual.

MELISSA: Trauma counselor.

J.S.: What?

MELISSA: I'm trained as a trauma counselor. It's very specific training. I am not a therapist. I only work with seriously traumatized populations. Oh God, listen to me, "seriously traumatized populations . . ."

J.S.: Doesn't it frighten you?

MELISSA: Yes, definitely. But it scares me more not to see it, not to know what's going on. Why are you going to Bosnia?

J.S.: I am going for the President's commission. I was asked, and it's a huge honor. To be honest, I was a bit surprised. I mean, Bosnia is not a place I know very much about. I read the news, but until about a week ago, the Balkans were not exactly next on my vacation map.

MELISSA: Why does this commission want you to be there?

J.S.: Well, they chose a range of professions for the team. I'm the "shrink" piece, as you say. At one time it was my field, trauma.

MELISSA: Yes, eating disorders. I am familiar with your books.

J.S.: Yes?

MELISSA: You have never been to a war-torn country.

J.S.: God, no. That's why I wanted you to be with me, Melissa. Your experience.

MELISSA: War is not exactly the same as anorexia.

J.S.: I am a psychiatrist. Twenty-six years. In private practice. I've been involved in a war of sorts, mental skirmishes and attacks. Trauma is trauma.

MELISSA: In Haiti, the psychiatrists were fleeing like flies.

J.S.: Haiti?


J.S.: How long were you there?

MELISSA: Eight months.

J.S.: Weren't you afraid?

MELISSA: No. Not in Haiti-in Rwanda, yes . . .

J.S.: Rwanda.


J.S.: I can't imagine.

MELISSA: No. No one could imagine.

J.S.: Are you sure you're ready to go to Bosnia, to do this again?

MELISSA (clipped): It's my work. It's what I do.

J.S.: You are very strong. So young and so strong.

MELISSA: Is this commission the real deal? Or is it one of those U.N. situations-observe/witness, but do not go near?

J.S.: They said we would be working directly with the women war refugees. It's very "hands-on." That's why I need you to be my assistant.

MELISSA: Is that what you were told?

J.S.: What?

MELISSA: That I was an assistant-that I'd be your assistant.

J.S.: Yes, you were to assist me. You are a war specialist and you were to assist me.

MELISSA: I am currently writing a book-investigating the effect of war in the creation and development of trauma, focusing primarily on communities of women, on those specific atrocities that traumatize women. It's my first contract with a major publisher. It's actually your publisher. It is essential that I complete the book this year. I will need to interview these women.

J.S.: That shouldn't be a problem.

Revue de presse

"Eve Ensler can soar to Rabelaisian heights or move us with quiet compassion. . . . She may not save the world, but what other playwrights even think of trying?" —Time

"A journey into the very human stories behind the headlines, Necessary Targets lets us peer beneath the head scarves of women whom we recognize as our friends, sisters, and daughters. A brave, powerful, and crucial testimony against violence aimed at women as an act of war." —Meryl Streep

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8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Words can never describe war, but Ensler comes close 11 mars 2002
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur
Format: Broché
My first read left me disappointed because I thought it was a flimsy account of war, but finally Necessary Targets began to grow on me. I think it's ingenious that Ensler tells the story from an American perspective. As an American woman, I've never spent a single day or night in the midst of a warzone--and bombs and shells are a minute portion of what Bosnian women endured. Melissa's distance and J.S.'s transformation make it very clear how removed we Americans can be from the attrocities of war. Ensler is right--we only think about the bombs, bloodshed, and battles. Because the media tends to ignore the drudgeries and aftermaths, we do as well. Maybe I thought at first that this play was missing the noisy, concrete aspects of war. But it's the abstract--the emotional and mental damage--that people need to consider. Ensler brings that aspect of war hauntingly close with this play.
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A Mother Goddess for A Care-Hungry World 11 novembre 2004
Par N E Hetrick - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I was fortunate enough to see this play performed live, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I was already an Eve Ensler fan, having performed myself in a college production of The Vagina Monologues, but I am also a harsh theatre critic, attending 8 or more professional productions a year (for the last 15 years) and often finding them lacking. Neccessary Targets is one of the best plays I have ever had the honor of finding myself engaged in. The characters are female archetypes we are all famillar with, and yet they each have their own unique stories. During the course of the play, they find themselves stomping bravely or furiously down paths they never even supposed were out there, hovering just off the beaten track...leaving the geographically familliar for the foreign, the psycholgically comforting for the disruptive, finding peace in sorrow, and joy in chaos. For anyone wishing to expand their understanding of how women in the global South or women in war-torn nations subsist psychologicaly--this is your play. Eve Ensler is a goddess. In this play, her creations range from an elderly woman who longs for her long-gone beloved cow, to a teenage mother, unwilling to acknowledge the loss of her newborn infant, from an uptight/urban therapist who needs to learn how to feel compassion and forget about wrinkle-free clothes, to a freedom-fighting hiking-boot-wearing all 'round adventurer with an intense insecurity complex. It's a must read and a must see.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Of women and war 11 novembre 2001
Par Michael J. Mazza - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Eve Ensler's "Necessary Targets" is a thought-provoking play. In her introduction, Ensler notes that, in 1993, she traveled to the former Yugoslavia in order to interview female war refugees. This play evokes the lives of those displaced women.
The play deals with two American women: Melissa, a writer and trauma counselor, and J.S., a psychiatrist. They travel to Bosnia and hold group sessions with several women, of various ages, who have become refugees as a result of the wall. Their conversations are at times tense, funny, or painful.
"Necessary Targets" is a compelling depiction of a cross-cultural encounter. Throughout the play there was, in my mind, a question: Are Melissa and J.S. helping these women, or merely exploiting them to further their own agendas? Also interesting is Ensler's exploration of perceptions of the U.S. and Americans held by people from other nations.
In her introduction, Ensler notes, "When we think of war, we think of it as something that happens to men in fields or jungles." Thus, this play is a valuable window into the female world of war.
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Our mother the war 2 avril 2001
Par "blissengine" - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I adore Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues", so I looked forward to reading this new work from her. This dark, insistent play is about two American women who travel to Bosnia to help women confront the atrocities they faced and the atrocities they experienced. Ultimately the two Americans find themselves changing in unexpected ways as they face their ill-conceived notions of what it means to be a refugee. It's a powerful work about the endurance of human spirit, about the effects of war on the women who don't fight the war but only clean up afterwards. As much as I like this play and find it important, I was less moved by it overall than moved by the ideas behind the play. And yet, I find it lingering in my periphery as a reminder, which I think is the point.
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The untold horrors of war - told here 7 janvier 2002
Par Kristen A. Criado - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I was introduced to Eve Ensler through "The Vagina Monologues." That book is one of the most moving and vital books I've read in a long time. I eagerly grabbed "Necessary Targets" thinking it would have the same emotional impact as one of her previous monologues about the horrible acts performed against women in war. I hate to admit it, but I was very disappointed in "Necessary Targets." Until the last 15 pages of the play, I was unable to really find a connection with any of the women portrayed. I tried again and again and even felt guilty for feeling nothing. I would still recommend this play for the overall message Ensler presents and the play's themes. It is educational and eye-opening concerning the horrors of war that no one likes to talk about. Please, also consider picking up a copy of "The Vagina Monologues," by far Ensler's best work to date. You won't regret it.
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