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for all the women who thought they were Mad

From 18 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Edgy, Relevant

About the show

Soho Rep presents a daring and exhilarating fever dream about the forces that push a woman from the everyday into free fall. More…

"for all the women who thought they were Mad" is a daring and exhilarating fever dream about the forces that push a woman from the everyday into free fall by Zawe Ashton, directed by Whitney White ("What to Send Up When It Goes Down"), and featuring an intergenerational cast from ages 8 to 65.

Member Reviews (18)


Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Edgy, Relevant
Avg Score

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Intense, beautiful and gripping storytelling. Nonlinear and somewhat dreamlike (nightmarish). Absorbing. Relevant & timely.

Don't see it if you don't like stories that are intentionally ambiguous and not neatly explained.

Also Great way to raise the discussion of all the themes without preaching.... Read more Read less

Edgy, Absorbing, Abstract, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy non-traditional storytelling that makes you think & can be interpreted in many ways. Really Great performances.

Don't see it if You are looking for a straight forward "easy" play that doesn't activate your mind.

Derivative, Indulgent, Edgy, Great staging

See it if You are interested in black women’s susceptibility to exploitation on several levels.

Don't see it if The playwright, a successful actress, received rave reviews for a play in which I could not figure out the topic until I read those reviews.

Great staging, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if enjoy non-linear stories acted well

Don't see it if need cohesion. the style outweighs the writing.

Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you are a black woman of a certain age who has nothing better to do than to experiment by seeing and off off off Broadway play.

Don't see it if you think you know what the play is about just the title, because I'm here to tell you that the title is BEYOND MISLEADING for this play.

Also I'm not sure what the timeline foir when this play is set (the distant... Read more Read less

Epic, Dizzying, Ambitious, Confusing, Complex

See it if an emotionally painful story of a woman--told non linearly, by many women, with song, and poetry,

Don't see it if messy and complex, deep and painful and at times a bewildering script interspersed​ with beautiful songs but ultimately about relationships

Also fascinating set, great acting, but disjointed and nonconnective relati... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intense, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You have a taste for a compendium of the many anxieties that could plague one growing up female in society and the business world.

Don't see it if You want depth & understanding about these issues, and don't want to feel assaulted by the presentation.

Intense, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a cast of incredibly talented women commit to a skillfully written play. I was in awe of how this cast performed together.

Don't see it if You don’t want a play that has many layers & intricacies. This play has an intensity that may not be fit every audience.

Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to revel in a cast of women of all ages and the ability to experience how women are treated by white men in suits, all too real.

Don't see it if you want coherent narrative building "normally" - this is flat w/the protagonist boxed in clearly headed for tragic consequence, train wreck

Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you like challenging theatre that examines social issues.

Don't see it if it you cannot tolerate ambiguity. I liked this show but missed many of the main points the author intended based on interviews I read later

Intense, Resonant, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in ambitious works of theatre that challenge you and present an uncommon world in theatre.

Don't see it if you like realism and need concreteness in your work. This is not that.

Also What is exciting about this play is it's abstraction and emotional cor... Read more Read less

Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you wanna hear a story about a struggling woman from other women

Don't see it if you are not into revealing women mind

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in non-linear works that engage with shared feminist and immigrant narratives and issues

Don't see it if you prefer something linear, or conversational.

During previews
Confusing plot, Some good acting, Hybrid script, Ungainly stasging

See it if you want to experience a vague evocation of how an African woman can lose herself when she leaves her village for a career in the big city.

Don't see it if unclear plots, superfluous characters, or failed poetry in the theater leave you frustrated.

Also No theater in NYC has a higher batting average than Soho Rep in presen... Read more Read less

During previews

See it if Chorus of African women debate how to support one of their own on the US corporate hamster wheel. More female emotional pain than plot.

Don't see it if Perhaps too avant-garde for me, leaving me confused as it jumps around across time, space, reality. Critiques capitalism, mental health.

Also Diversity: 7 Black women of various ages (10 to like 80) of an 8 perso... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Great set, Magical, Confusing, Feverish

See it if coherence is less important than strong symbols, emotions and themes. Startling moments, magic realism, and a multigenerational chorus.

Don't see it if you want a linear plot rather than heavy symbolism from start to finish. Hard to follow. Muddled, dreamy, and disturbing. What happened?

During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great singing, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if If you’re a fan of modern non-linear work with a lot of powerful women. It’s very intense, but worth it. The staging is very interesting.

Don't see it if If you’re not up for the intensity or don’t like having a feel for what you’re going to see. It was rather overwhelming and daring.

Also It’s a very complicated play and to be honest I think I missed a huge ... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if If you go to the theater for an important message, a great cast, and an attractive set

Don't see it if You want an engaging script

Also Been going to Soho Rep for 25 years. This is the least good script the... Read more Read less

October 27th, 2019
"In Zawe Ashton’s ‘for all the women,’ the Price of Uprooting a Life: This convoluted play chronicles the breakdown of a conflicted, displaced East African woman in the cosmopolitan West."
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October 27th, 2019
4/5 stars: "Actor-playwright Ashton, who is currently appearing on Broadway in Harold Pinter's 'Betrayal,' weaves her poetic text around an all-too-realistic scenario that slowly evolves into a full-on fever dream."
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October 27th, 2019
"John Doyle’s Blankie 'Macbeth' and Zawe Ashton’s Memorable 'for all the women…'"
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October 27th, 2019
"'For All the Women Who Thought They Were Mad' Is an Onstage Anxiety Dream: Zawe Ashton's play traffics in the fears of modern women…just in time for Halloween."
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