Two other performances are particularly worthy of mention: that of Dionne Johnson as the prostitute Josephine and Requer as Christian. Johnson is fantastically bitchy, a depiction of how some women will turn against one another for men, even the despicable kind. With her sexy, voluptuous walk and her breathy baby-girl voice, she is prone to mocking Sophie’s mutilation and otherwise diminishing the women around her. She seems at first to be evil incarnate, until, of course, her own back-story comes out. Requer, a self-effacing poet who spends the whole play wooing Mama, is equally convincing as a good but weak man, powerless in the face of barking, sunglass-wearing soldier-types like the military’s Commander Osembenga (William Walker), who, in a raw display of power, forces Requer to clown around the bar for his amusement.