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MRS. WATSON'S MISSING PARTS is a play for puppets and live actors adapted from the 1922 Grand Guignol Theater adaptation of Octave Mirabeau's 1899 novel The Torture Garden, a legendary tale of sexual mania and cruelty in French Indochina and Shanghai. In Mrs. Watson's Missing Parts, the structure of the Grand Guignol play remains intact, while all lines of dialogue have been drastically altered. Speech is reduced to the minimal threshold of intelligibility, becoming the exclusive expression of the characters' limitless libidinal hunger and moral depravity, exampling the corrupting effect of European colonialism.