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“The Assignment,” opening April 7 at AMC Cherry Hill, has already upset the trans community for its “high-concept” plot about Dr. Rachel Jane (Sigourney Weaver), performing an unwanted gender-reassignment surgery on hit man Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez).

The uproar, which is not unjustified, concerns two issues: first, that the film’s idea of gender-reassignment surgery is an act of punishment; and second, that the Kitchen character was not played by a trans actress. However, director Walter Hill and co-screenwriter Denis Hamill seem more impressed with the idea of their film than doing any justice to its execution.

Maripat Donovan is a funny woman.

Along with co-writing and staging “Late Nite Catechism,” one of the longest-running one-woman shows, and sequels such as “’Til Death Do Us Part,” the out author and actor has deeply motivated opinions about the holy order, the papacy and cheesesteaks.

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