Already closed | 1h 45m | Chelsea

Independence: The Play

From 4 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Funny

About the show

Lee Blessing's drama is a powerful, disturbing study of a family divided against itself.


Welcome to Independence, Iowa - the lifelong home of Evelyn Briggs, and generations' worth of familial misconnections. Evelyn's oldest daughter, Kess, a university professor, has long since decided to cut her family ties, but has come home at the sudden request of her sister; Jo, an incurable romantic, has become pregnant and is increasingly worried about Evelyn's mental health; while Sherry, salty-tongued and proudly amoral, wants only to finish high school so she can leave home for good. The sisters struggle to meet the expectations of their demanding mother, while the fight to pursue their individual aspirations for life and love test the bounds of family loyalty.

1h 45m | Already closed | The Alchemical Studios (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (4)


Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Funny
Avg Score

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

See it if exquisite emotional performances hold your attention. Layered like an onion truth is revealed, pain passes mother to her 3 daughters & back.

Don't see it if you are looking for cheery evening. No happy ending here. No matter what their individual intentions individual survival takes precedence.

Great writing, Great acting, Intense

See it if Three adult daughters struggle to establish independence from a mentally unbalanced mother with whom they have a push-pull relationship.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see an early Lee Blessing play that demonstrates promise of great plays to come.


See it if You wanna see an all-female cast

Don't see it if you get too upset experiencing a story with an unstable/abusive parent

Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you want to see some really great female-driven theatre, intelligently written and performed, and emotionally resonant

Don't see it if you seek something other than a family drama

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