A woman's point of view

An actress' stunning performance lifts the American Stage's production of Heather Raffo's jarring play, "9 Parts of Desire."

By MARTY CLEAR, Times correspondent
Published April 26, 2007

In 9 Parts of Desire, playwright Heather Raffo explores the Iraq War's effect on a disparate group of women, from an Iraqi teen who has grown up with bullets and bombs to an avant-garde artist who finds inspiration amid the horror in Baghdad to an Iraqi-American woman who bemoans the war while she gets a pedicure.

The American Stage production of Raffo's jarring play gets a huge lift from a stunningly soulful performance by Julie Rowe.

In an unusual arrangement, American Stage co-produced 9 Parts of Desire with the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. The one-woman show enjoyed a successful run at TBPAC in February and March, and moves to American Stage Friday through May 6. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. $26. (727) 823-7529 or americanstage.org.