What Is “Beauty” by Jane Martin?

“Beauty” is a short play by Jane Martin, which contemplates the nature of individual desires and aspirations. The identity of “Jane Martin” is unknown, but the author is said to be a native of Kentucky, and the work originates at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

The action of the play concerns beautiful Carla, a catalog model, and hard-working Bethany, an accountant. A reference to a genie leads them to discuss what they wish for most and to realize that they each have the one thing the other wants. Carla would like Bethany’s brains and Bethany Carla’s good looks. Along the way, the characters explore the ironies of a life of beauty and the frustrations of success.