Lincoln Center Theater presents a history-inspired comedy about Mary Woolley, the early 20th-century president of Mount Holyoke College, and her long-time partner, Jeannette Marks. More…
Galloping through 40 years of history at the New England women's school, 'Bull in a China Shop' follows the pair as they reform and revolutionize women's education at the height of the suffrage movement. As evolving ambitions and desires strain the couple's relationship, this fast-paced comedy explores how we change the world, how the world changes us, and how we try to grow old together.
See it if Can't recommend this play at all. The actors are very stilted.Not engaging.
Don't see it if You don't want to be lectured to about feminist issues. Whatever you think of the issues this is not the way to address them.
See it if At first a show about 2 women, their relationship and the women's movement. Their relationship changes due to the women's movement.Clever!
Don't see it if You like a predictable show. These women change toward each other and sometimes sad to watch.
See it if You'd enjoy a poorly written tale of a school teacher and her love interest & life.
Don't see it if You value a well-written cohesive storyline. This is amateur hour here.
See it if you want to see a play by a new writer who needs to do a number of rewrites before this play should get a professional production.
Don't see it if you are not comfortable with the overuse of the "F" word—which these women would not use. Also, the title is constantly repeated.
See it if you are sufficiently interested in the lives of women in general and lesbian couples in particular that you can overlook poor writing.
Don't see it if you expect to learn much or be moved by the depiction of two women whose interesting lives deserved a better play.
See it if you like straight historical plays with anachronistic language, feminist themes and stellar performances.
Don't see it if you're offended by the "f" word. I myself found its liberal use here bracing and pretty darn funny.
See it if You are interested in historical issues concerning the women's movement at the turn-of-the-century.
Don't see it if If you prefer light musicals and simple dramas.
See it if you are interested in learning about a pair of women whose names you've likely never heard.
Don't see it if are easily offended by profanity, lesbians, anachronisms or light staging.
See it if Endi Graham matches the charisma one would expect from Woolsey; humor sprinkled through play is a relief
Don't see it if play does not hold up to the minimalist staging; one memory scene is not obvious at first and pushed the play off the rails for a moment
See it if you are interested in learning about women's place in a historical context. sadly, not much has changed.
Don't see it if you want a full-blown production. very spare set and more like seeing different vignettes rather than a play.
See it if you like historical plays this one the women's movement. Creative staging using minimum props. Great way to start a small production
Don't see it if if you want more from your production. Greater depth in the characters. But Its Lincoln Center!
See it if you're interested in the history of women's colleges and the suffrage movement, and don't mind the absence of a linear plot.
Don't see it if you don't want to see a lesbian love story or hear anachronistic four-letter words.
See it if you went to a women's college/to see a play with all women; if you like theater that's still finding its voice, but is promising nonetheless
Don't see it if you need a sharp, well-drawn play; this feels like it could use some maturing, but it's a fascinating subject regardless.
See it if you like feminist plays featuring lesbian characters, and anachronistic cursing and verbiage.
Don't see it if you resent language at odds with the time and place of the piece, in a dull production that fails to bring the best out of the actors.
See it if You appreciate a fresh spin on women's issues and have no issues with colorblind casting.
Don't see it if You don't like lesbians. You don't like cursing. You are confused by mixed references that seem incongruous in the time period.
See it if a smart & gutsy feminist history play, bruising & eloquent on love and politics. Wears its big heart on its impeccably-costumed sleeve.
Don't see it if don't go expecting kitchen sink naturalism. It's beautifully grounded, but presented in a way that's powerfully theatrical.
See it if you like historical drama w/ contemporary language & diverse casting; biographical stories about women's rights; lesbian romance in academia
Don't see it if you are looking for fully developed plays (the scope is ambitious but at times confusing & lacking nuance); you don't mind spare set design
See it if you are interested in women's education formation or lesbian issues. You like historical pieces. You like thought provoking plots.
Don't see it if You don't like women or lesbians. You don't like linear plays. You don't like sparse sets.
See it if you want to cap of women's history month with an intimate historical play that weaves modern subversive language & energy with suffrage mvmn
Don't see it if You need the acting, direction, dialogue to be universally great. It is, largely, quite good, albeit uneven.
See it if You are interested in the history of the women's movement and two ground breakers -- pres. of Mt. Holyoke and her companion. Well acted.
Don't see it if You want light entertainment. Also if the frequent use of "fuck" by an educated upperclass woman in the early 20th century bothers you.