Tuesday, June 10, 2008

"Top Girls" on Broadway

When British playwright Caryl Churchill wrote Top Girls in 1982, during the age of Thatcherism and Reaganomics, I expect she must have known that the themes of her play would remain painfully relevant even into the next century. Manhattan Theatre Club's timely revival of Churchill's play comes just as former first lady Hillary Clinton winds down her epic attempt at becoming the first top girl in U.S. history, and it provides a complex and intelligent companion to the debate over the lingering sexism in society today. How much is it important that the leaders of tomorrow be women, the play asks, if those in question don't have women's best interests at heart? Can women be both happy and successful? And should they have to don pants and act like men to get where they want to be?

Read my review of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls on Broadway at musicOMH.com. 

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