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Lulu (Nick Hern Books Drama Classics)
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Risque even by today's standards, Lulu is equal parts nymphomaniac and a virginal innocent who impetuously manipulates the men who desire her as well as fall under their tyranny with shocking pliancy, taking on a different name with each lover. The contradiction that Lulu is can be read as the confusing array of roles a woman are supposed to assume, which ironically proves to be schizophrenic if she were to encompass them all.
Lulu destroys each of her lovers in turn, ensnaring the affections of a Countess who wants her to be the star attraction at a ladies only party. It is clear Lulu enjoys the turmoil she creates and at a pivotal point in the play when she is caught in an act of betrayal, she declares, "This is the most beautiful moment of my life".
At times ludicrous and farcical, and the action bordering on pantomime, the play nonetheless convincingly raises the question of identity and how it is idealised or demonised depending on who constructs it, as is seen in Lulu's response when one of her lovers asks if she is an angel or devil. She says, "I'm neither. This is me. I've never pretended to be anything else. All the rest is just your imagination. You can think about that."