The Women's Project presents this New York premiere by Sarah Ruhl, drawn from the famed correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell – two of the twentieth century’s most brilliant poets. More…
'Dear Elizabeth' tells a tale of unconventional friendship and intimacy that spanned thirty years and more than 400 letters, with postmarks from Maine to Key West, from London to South America. Performed with a rotating cast, the play offers an insightful and impassioned examination of Bishop and Lowell’s lives, their work, and the true nature of friendship.
See it if you want an intelligent evening, filled with poetry and pathos. The beautifully written letters were beautifully read.
Don't see it if you have no interest in the two poets, altho their humanity (esp'ly Bishop's) shines through. You don't have to love poetry to enjoy DE.
See it if If you are interested in Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. I saw it with Kathleen Chalfant and Harris Yulin who were both fantastic.
Don't see it if If you don't like shows where actors sit at a desk and read/act the script.
See it if you are interested in seeing two fine performances: Cherry Jones and David Aaron Baker. Also if you like poets and/or poetry.
Don't see it if you can't tolerate glacial staging or you are not into poets/poetry.
See it if You want to be bored to death. Similar to Love Letters, but at least that was charming. This wasn't.
Don't see it if You want to be rivited.
See it if you really love Sarah Ruhl, and/or Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, or you want to see a more literary version of Love Letters.
Don't see it if you aren't interested in actors reading old letters between two people, where there's not much romance, and not much conflict.
See it if sweet and melancholy story about friendship and gentle lit gossip in a production that asks a lot of your imagination
Don't see it if you're not hooked by a story about friendship between two writers, you don't like low-fi theatre
See it if I think everyone should see this show. It speaks for so many people of this generation and touches the hearts of many. A true masterpiece.
Don't see it if Don't watch this show if you don't like crying in public.
See it if You love gorgeous writing, and poetry matters to you. And the subject of friendship is a meaningful one to you.
Don't see it if You're impatient, couldn't care less about poetry or poets, need to see actors moving around (this is a very static play), favor ACTION.
See it if You are interested in the letters of two writers. Interested in found text.
Don't see it if You need a clear engaging story. You need actors to talk to each other face to face.