Swit: from 'M*A*S*H' to 'Monologues'

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September 22, 2002|By J. WYNN ROUSUCK

Hotlips Houlihan had the body of a Venus, but no idea how to use it. That's certainly not true of Loretta Swit's newest role -- as the principal narrator of The Vagina Monologues, which comes to the Mechanic Theatre this week for eight performances.

Eve Ensler's show is based on 200 interviews with a diverse group of women from around the globe that are touching, bawdy and funny. The monologues are delivered by three actresses (Swit and two New York based-performers, Starla Benford and Kristen Lee Kelly) and range from the problem of violence against women to the experience of giving birth to the insights gleaned at a "vagina workshop."

Swit is perhaps best known as the martinet major in M*A*S*H, but she also has performed such irrepressible roles as the title characters in Shirley Valentine and Mame.

Show times at the Mechanic, 1 N. Charles St., are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $12.50-$45. Call 410-481-SEAT or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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