A Woman Of The World
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A Woman Of The World

A Woman Of The World NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Enchanting, Entertaining

About the Show

Kathleen Chalfant stars as Emily Dickinson’s posthumous editor Mabel Loomis Todd in Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Gilman’s world premiere play.

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Enchanting, Masterful, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want a very well written interesting play. Keeps your attention throughout.

Don't see it if If you do not like solo shows. To know about Emily Dickinson is not important.

Brittle, Intelligent, Indulgent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Editor steps out from the shadows and really, really enjoys the sunshine once removed from her client. Assured acting style.

Don't see it if Brittle content and acting. Actor relishes hitting her mark. Big ego fills tiny space very quickly.

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
November 1st, 2019

"‘A Woman of the World’ Dwells in Possibility: Rebecca Gilman’s one-woman show stars Kathleen Chalfant as Mabel Loomis Todd, who burnished herself with Emily Dickinson’s celebrity."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 1st, 2019

"If you're a Kathleen Chalfant fan, her considerable charms will most likely see you through 'A Woman of the World.' If you have a taste for literary gossip, the script certainly has some jaw-droppers to share."
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New York Stage Review
October 30th, 2019

4/5 Stars "Kathleen Chalfant is flawless. Whether the pleasure of Mabel Loomis Todd's company was enjoyed by all back then is up for debate, but there's no denying the pleasure of Chalfant's performance."
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New York Stage Review
October 30th, 2019

3/5 Stars: "Rebecca Gilman made her first big splash with 'Spinning into Butter,' one of the most fearless and prophetic plays about racial tensions and political correctness. Woman of the World is not nearly as provocative or ambitious, although Chalfant paints a compelling picture of Emily Dickinson's friend and editor."
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Theater News Online
October 30th, 2019

"Fortunately, the magnificent Kathleen Chalfant not only commands our attention - practically daring us not to listen - but she also charms us, makes us laugh (sometimes with her, occasionally at her), even periodically annoys us as she offers a summation of her life and philosophy."
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November 3rd, 2019

"As Mabel Todd Loomis, Chalfant is charming company. She seduces us into liking her and believing her version of things before revealing the truth of many of the facts. Much of the play is delivered like a digression or a tangent, certainly not part of the announced talk 'The Real Emily Dickinson.'"
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Theater Pizzazz
November 14th, 2019

"Her life, for a woman of her times, was progressive, to say the least, and, for a time, Gilman and Chalfant convey her tale with charm and humor. Nonetheless, the anecdotal current gradually loses dramatic force, giving sway to Morpheus' fingertips."
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October 30th, 2019

"This is the story recounted in Rebecca Gilman that's now making its premiere at 59E59 Theaters, under the direction of Valentina Fratti. The luminous Kathleen Chalfant as Mabel Loomis Todd."
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Front Mezz Junkies
October 31st, 2019

"Even with the discourse deliver set-up as explained by Chalfant's engaging true-to-life character, Mabel Loomis Todd, a fascinating woman, best known as Emily Dickinson's posthumous editor, this was not going to be, nor did it ever turn into anything close to a dry or dull poetry reading."
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