Is Extremities controversial or exploitative? There’s a large helping of both as Marjorie Easton (Farrah Fawcett) escapes would-be rapist, Joe (James Russo), one night in a shopping centre – only for him to return and terrorise her in her own suburban home.
The surprise comes when she turns the tables on him, but this leads to a relentless catalogue of brutality that never truly tackles the sensitive subject at hand.
Robert M Young’s interpretation of William Mastrosimone’s play can’t hide its theatrical origins, and only succeeds in offending the audience as Fawcett’s character is humiliated and tortured while we helplessly – and voyeuristically – look on. It’s almost unbearable to watch.
Woman on Phone (voice)
Donna Lynn Leavy
Robert M Young