Becomes a Woman
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Becomes a Woman

Becomes a Woman NYC Reviews and Tickets

(110 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Dated, Relevant

A debut production of Betty Smith's unproduced play about Becoming a Woman.

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Member Reviews (110)

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1118 Reviews | 292 Followers
Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Would have been great but her husband was so miscast. Costumes for most part good. Well directed.

Don't see it if If you want a comedy.

501 Reviews | 329 Followers
Intelligent, Great acting, Dated, Thought-provoking

See it if fascinating to see this play by the author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Seemed modern at times but also dated. A voice from the past.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the playwright or in a tale from the past. Read more

489 Reviews | 57 Followers
Refreshing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if like unproduced plays and hidden gems. how relevant situation are all these years later. lead actress is excellent.

Don't see it if don't like "old" plays.

455 Reviews | 73 Followers
Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like exploring older, forgotten theater. A reminder that folks could be modern in the 1930's. The play was far ahead of its time

Don't see it if you prefer flashy staging and romantic endings.

308 Reviews | 47 Followers
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy very well performed family dramas.

Don't see it if you prefer joyful plays

287 Reviews | 42 Followers
Intelligent, Well-acted, Powerful, Profound, Slow

See it if you want to experience a stellar lead performance and a play that's powerful and engaging for 2/3 of the time.

Don't see it if you're not willing to get through a slowly paced act one in order to get to the more impactful second two acts.

291 Reviews | 29 Followers
Slow, Relevant, Great acting, Dated, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy Mint productions and want to see this play by 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' author with a surprisingly modern feminist theme.

Don't see it if you don't like 'old' theater; you can't sit through an almost 3 hour [w/2 intermissions] production.

268 Reviews | 87 Followers
Surprising, Great singing, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if Has mint authenticity in production, scenery and costumes. The lead acted and sang beautifully. Feminist story that builds to act 3 strength

Don't see it if It’s quite long and in act 2 the father is acted well but a lot to take. Stay with it for the soaring protagonist.

Critic Reviews (9)

February 27th, 2023

"In many respects, the play reminds us, America and its attitudes toward women haven't changed as much as we'd like to think, either."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 1st, 2023

“Smith was at heart a playwright even if she never achieved comparable success in the theatre. Becomes a Woman, copyrighted in 1931 and only now making its world premiere, is a strikingly feminist work; the playwright knew everything about the pitfalls facing working-class women, and here she subjects her heroine to most of them…When a writer achieves success in another medium, one is often suspicious of their theatrical aspirations, but Smith clearly knew plenty about structure, characterization, and dialogue. Becomes a Woman builds steadily to a haymaker of a climax, dispensing with anything like a conventional happy ending.”
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Talkin' Broadway
February 27th, 2023

" 'Becomes a Woman' suffers from writing that often seems blunt and schematic to the point of melodrama, further marred by frequent hairpin turns of emotion among several of the characters, plus a certain redundancy of dialogue, inconsistency of tone, and a lack of concision."
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March 1st, 2023

While it is interesting to finally see a play by Betty Smith reach the New York stage, "Becomes a Woman" remains a footnote to theater history, though it would have been much more sensational if it had been staged in its own era. Britt Berke’s production is always gripping, but it fails to make the male characters any more than cardboard cutouts, while the women are three dimensional. In the style of the Mint Theater Company’s usual high standards, the physical production cannot be faulted. On an historic note, the Francie Nolan in Becomes a Woman starts at the same age as the one in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn when the novel ends but without that heroine's education. This may have been meant to be a cautionary tale as to what happened to women who had neither skills nor experience of the world.
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Theater Pizzazz
February 27th, 2023

" 'Becomes a Woman' is a lovely sort of play that no one writes anymore. There’s no reason not to present plays from the past like this (or even write them now), even if they possess a whiff of melodrama."
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Front Row Center
March 10th, 2023

“The entire production misses the mark for which it was aiming, but it will introduce every audience to a writer worthy of a second look. That’s something.”
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New York Theater
February 27th, 2023

I can’t know the reason why “Becomes A Woman” was never produced. At this point, the play is of greater historical than aesthetic interest, but there are almost enough good lines, and subtle wit, as well as an intriguing proto-feminist sensibility, to compensate for the parts that are stilted, predictable, and dated.
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February 27th, 2023

“ 'Becomes a Woman' works as a true star vehicle (despite a large ensemble), it’s a little surprising no one has mounted it before."
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