Strong Women On Stage

Show-Score | By Raven Snook

All of these shows pass the Bechdel Test.

Waitress Waitress | By Joan Marcus

For the uninitiated, the Bechdel Test asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. It's surprising how many works of art still fail that test! But all of these shows pass. So ladies, moms, and daughters can experience great theater, empowering stories, and finally see themselves on stage.

Open run

Wicked

Members say: Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Must see, Clever
93
Critics
70
31 reviews
Members
93
15136 reviews

Now in its thirteenth year on Broadway, this all-ages spectacle follows the untold true story of the Witches of Oz.... Read more

Long before Dorothy arrives, two other women meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery, and possesses an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” "Wicked" tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. "Wicked" is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. The production is directed by Joe Mantello.

 

Open run

Waitress

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Great acting
87
Critics
75
62 reviews
Members
87
2041 reviews

Inspired by the film of the same name, the new Broadway musical 'Waitress' features songs by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and stars Tony winner Jessie Mueller.... Read more

Jessie Mueller ('Beautiful') is Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker in a small town who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus.

 

Previews start Apr 04

Indecent

Members say: Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting
87
Critics
86
42 reviews
Members
87
123 reviews

Vineyard Theatre's critically acclaimed production of playwright Paula Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman play with about a controversial Yiddish show transfers to Broadway.... Read more

'Indecent' is based on the real-life events surrounding the Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's 'The God of Vengeance,' considered to be a seminal work of Jewish culture by some, and a piece of traitorous libel by others. Peppered with popular songs of the era, this deeply moving play charts the history of that incendiary work, the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it, and the evolving identity of the culturally rich community that inspired its creation.

 

Open run

The Marvelous Wonderettes

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy
81
Critics
74
10 reviews
Members
81
102 reviews

A revival of the nostalgic revue, set at a 1958 high school prom where we meet The Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts.... Read more

'The Marvelous Wonderettes' takes a cotton candy-colored musical trip down memory lane, paying homage to the high school song leader squads of the 1950s. When called upon to perform at their senior prom, four girls rally together to entertain their classmates in four-part harmony. Audiences experience their lives and loves through more than 20 chart-topping hits of the era.

 

Previews start Mar 07

War Paint

Members say: Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Disappointing, Great cast
76
Critics
75
10 reviews
Members
77
9 reviews

Two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole come to Broadway in this new musical about rival cosmetic titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden.
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Brilliant innovators with humble roots, both women were masters of self-invention who sacrificed everything to become the country's first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors, whose 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to an industry. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their remarkable rivalry was ruthless, relentless and legendary-pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men.

 

Ends Mar 18

Wild Women of Planet Wongo

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Cliched
74
Critics
74
9 reviews
Members
74
58 reviews

Go on a wild, immersive ride at the return engagement of this retro sci-fi musical about two astronauts who land on an alien planet of sexy warrior women who’ve never seen men!... Read more

In this loving send-up of '60s B-movies, two astronauts find themselves on an unfamiliar world populated solely by females. Though hesitant at first, the captain finally joins his crewmate in tasting the delicacies of the Wongo Flesh, in his case, the Queen. But sex isn't the only thing the Wongettes have in mind. They are also starving—and have very different plans for their male guests! Show is for ages 21 and up. Each ticket includes a complimentary drink. Standing room only.

 

Ends Mar 04

The Town Hall Affair

Members say: Quirky, Disappointing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Thought-provoking
71
Critics
77
9 reviews
Members
63
6 reviews

Maura Tierney ('ER,' 'The Affair') stars in the Wooster Group's exploration of the revolutionary fervor of feminist thinking and art “happenings” in 1970s New York City.... Read more

This new experimental piece is inspired by DA Pennabaker and Chris Hegedus' film 'Town Bloody Hall,' which documented a panel held at Town Hall in 1971. The event featured feminist thinkers and activists–including Jacqueline Ceballos, Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston, and Diana Trilling–with Norman Mailer serving as moderator. The Wooster Group both re-inhabits the original film and derails it, redirecting Mailer's pugnacious propensities onto himself and spinning out into Jill Johnston's vision of a revolutionary future.

 

Opens Feb 23

The Providence of Neighboring Bodies

Members say: Quirky, Funny, Confusing, Great acting, Great writing
69
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
69
27 reviews

Dutch Kills Theater presents a strange and witty tale about female friendship, an unexpected Airbnb guest, and the secrets that bind us together.... Read more

It’s an exciting day for Dora here in North Providence, Rhode Island. Today is the day Dora is going to make coffee, go outside, and make friends with Ronnie. Ronnie lives in the apartment next door, so of course they were meant to be friends. Ronnie isn’t sure how she wound up living in North Providence for all these years, with a balcony overlooking the parking lot and the weird hill across the street. But here they both are, where nothing exciting has really happened since the great beaver purge of the mid-20th century. That is, until Jane shows up at Ronnie’s door. Maybe she’s just the distraction they need.

 

Ends Mar 05

Visionary Voices

Members say: Great writing, Delightful, Dated, Thought-provoking, Refreshing
85
Critics
90
1 review
Members
80
1 review

American Bard Theater Company presents a trio of one-acts by early 20th-century American playwrights Susan Glaspell and Marita Bonner, which explore gender roles, race, death, and hope.... Read more

Susan Glaspell's 'Trifles,' directed by Aimee Todoroff - A ripped-from-the-headlines murder mystery is the inspiration for this play about a seemingly diabolical crime without a motive. While the investigators look for the usual clues, only their wives, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, are able to clearly see the course of events that led to a woman's desperate act.

'Exit: An Illusion' by Marita Bonner, directed by Tonya Pinkins - A lovers' quarrel? A nightmare? A dream? The only thing that is certain is that tomorrow is not promised. So live and love now.

'The People' by Susan Glaspell, directed by Aimee Todoroff - The radical newspaper 'The People,' run by the world-weary Edward Willis and his cynical assistant editor Oscar Tripp, is on the verge of shutting down. As the staff and loyal readers take comic swipes at why the paper is failing, a mysterious woman from out of town arrives with some much-needed inspiration, just in time to save the publication.

 

Opens Feb 23

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Members say: Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Slow, Entertaining
63
Critics
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0 reviews
Members
63
26 reviews

Third Space presents this theatrical reimagining of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's classic 1972 film about a famous and arrogant fashion designer and the women in her life. ... Read more

When a new model, Karin, enters the home of designer Petra von Kant, Petra's world—and career—rocket to manic heights. But in the midst of Petra’s euphoria, her submissive assistant, Marlene, senses a threat. When Karin becomes a superstar, leaving everything behind, Marlene is left to pick up the broken pieces. What Marlene does with those pieces will dictate the rest of her life. Featuring an all-female cast, 'The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant' delves into the tortured connections between desire and power in an industry driven by consumption.

 

Manhattan Theatre Club revives Lillian Hellman’s classic drama about greed and ambition, starring three-time Tony Award nominee Laura Linney and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon alternating in the roles of Regina and Birdie.... Read more

Set in Alabama in 1900, 'The Little Foxes' follows Regina Giddens and her ruthless clan, including her sister-in-law Birdie, as they clash in often brutal ways in an effort to strike the deal of their lives. Far from a sentimental look at a bygone era, the play has a surprisingly timely resonance with important issues facing our country today. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Rabbit Hole) will direct.