Book Review: Overflow by Travis Alabanza

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Title: Overflow

Author: Travis Alabanza

Genre: GLBTQIA+ Plays

Number of Pages: 48

Rating: B

Recommended?: Yes


Overflow is way more compelling than you’d expect a monologue from one woman sitting in a toilet stall to be. It’s a very quick read (probably less than 20 minutes) but I still thought it was worth buying on Kindle. The main character Rosie is transgender and she’s hiding in the bathroom from men who want to beat her up. Apparently this happens a lot and she pretends to be casual about it even though she’s really scared. She tells the reader a little bit about her upbringing and the consequences of constantly having to be afraid for her safety because of who she is.

I have to admit that I was a little skeptical when the play starts out with a speech about urination, but Rosie is an interesting character who immediately made me want to know more about her. You feel like you’re just getting a little taste of a character with an enormous amount of potential. Her ‘talking’ to the audience from the toilet is a long shot but I thought it mostly worked. My only criticism of this play is that it felt a little misandrist at times, but other than that it’s one of the better plays I’ve read in a while.

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