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The Daily News


02/01/1998

Some of Hollywood’s brightest stars lent their talents to a Valentine’s Day performance of an Obie Award-winning play [The Vagina Monologues] focusing on female anatomy.

…In her section, [Whoopi] Goldberg asserted that the paper gowns women are forced to don at the gynecologist’s office should be ‘purple velvet’ instead.

…[Susan] Sarandon wept as she performed "I Was There in the Room," a piece [Eve] Ensler wrote about being present when her daughter-in-law gave birth.

And Soraya Mire, an Ethiopian woman who was a victim of genital mutilation, moved many to tears as she described the torture she endured at the hands of her mother.

The star-studded audience at Saturday’s show in the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom gave the performance a standing ovation.