New York | 2h 0m | In Previews: Opens Jun 04

Little Women

From 34 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Intelligent, Clever

About the show

Primary Stages welcomes back Kate Hamill, playwright and star of their production of "Pride and Prejudice," with her fresh new take on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of love and duty, "Little Women." More…

Jo March doesn't want to be like other girls; in fact, she's not even sure that she wants to be a girl. Jo is ambitious, rough around the edges, headstrong, and yearns for a future she can’t yet articulate. As the nation is torn apart by civil war, Jo and her sisters struggle with what it means to grow up. Gender roles, political beliefs, poverty, and even love itself threaten to break family ties, as the March sisters try to reconcile their identities with society’s demands. How do you stay true to yourself when the world wants you to become a perfect little woman?.



93
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Ok, so I never read the book, but, always heard about it, especially from a "Friends" episode + I've seen Kristolyn in 3 other productions

Don't see it if In the past several months and think she's awesome, so I decided to see this. I was actually quite pleased, amused, and interested. It kept

Also My attention. I don't have a reference point and now I'd like to check... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like classic stories told with an amazing cast.

Don't see it if You want to see shows done with old fashioned casting.

86
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if If you Liked the book. Great acting of all the 4 sisters and the rest of the actors . True to the story

Don't see it if If you didn’t like the book . If you only Like comedies.

85
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love the novel - although Hamill did an interesting take on the characters, the heart of the story is still there.

Don't see it if you are an Alcott purist as Hamill’s interpretation might turn you off.

Also I think everybody was in awe on what Hamill has done with Sense and Se... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great acting, Clever

See it if Hamill doesn't really change anything - just draws Alcott's subtle subtext to the surface in a thoroughly enjoyable production.

Don't see it if U need all the bells & whistles of KH's previous productions.I found this presentation perfect for the source material.The fun is slyer this

85
During previews
Engaging, Touching, Contemporary

See it if you love the messiness of family life. You want to see a well-staged drama. *I was unable to attend, so this review was provided by a friend

Don't see it if you're expecting a direct imitation of the original, or if you don't have the patience for a long show (2.5 hrs).

83
During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You love the March sisters, Kate Hamill's other productions and some old fashioned story-telling with a few twists

Don't see it if What you loved about Sense & Sensibilty was the mad-cap staging. This take is more staid, perhaps truer to the original in tone.

Also I thought the acting was terrific, especially Laurie, Marmie, Meg and ... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Must see, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You liked the story of little women. They stuck to the story itself. It was in classic form. Loved the outfits and scenery.

Don't see it if You don’t like classics. You prefer a spin on classics or something more musical

80
During previews
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Love Kate Hamill, who continues to delight. Premise falls a bit short, but company is wonderful, so it's worth seeing.

Don't see it if you want to remember Little Women form your childhood, and can't stand the idea of Jo wanting to be a boy for real.

80
During previews
Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Delightful

See it if You like the Kate Hamill productions of the classics. Great cast with interesting set changes. Aunt March’s parrot steals Act II.

Don't see it if You expect the same excitement as the Hamill production of Sense and Sensibility. A little slow moving in parts. Actors in multiple roles.

Also Kristolyn Lloyd is outstanding as Jo March. She captures the spirit an... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You are a fan of the novel and want to see a live play of the novel that is a fair but not exact version.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of the novel or a stage adaptation that has questionable casting choices.

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Good acting, Ambitious

See it if u loved Little Women when U were growing up.It's a relatively straightforward retelling, though the 2d half is truncated & changed.

Don't see it if U're expecting this to be similar to Hamill's Sense & Sensibility, Vanity Fair, Pride & Prejudice. Only one scene is Hamill-esque slapstick.

Also I would probably have enjoyed this show more if I hadn't seen Hamill's... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Entertaining, Dragged a little in act 2, Great acting

See it if You're a fan of Kate Hamill's adaptations. This one is not my favorite of hers but it's well done.

Don't see it if You're looking for a laugh-out-loud comedy; you dislike costume dramas.

Also I did enjoy Hamill's Pride and Prejudice. It can't beat her delightful... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Slow, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting

See it if you like a modern adaptation of a classical novel.

Don't see it if you are expecting Hamill's antics as in Sense and Sensibility.

78
During previews
Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if wish for a family-friendly version of a classic for the 21st century. done well in a small space.

Don't see it if Kate Hamill fans will be a bit disappointed - not on the caliber as her other works. a nice story but not much beyond that.

77
During previews
Funny, Interesting adaptation, Good acting, Relevant

See it if You want to see an updated version of Little Women where there's more of a focus put on trans/gay issues

Don't see it if You're looking for a traditional version of this story. The elements (costuming, design) remain in time but the adaptation feels current.

77
During previews
Little-known but bigly talented women and men in cast, Believes louisa may have fit in today's era of more overt gender bending, Little drama in 1st half

See it if you're a fan of the story, of Hamill's adaptations of novels by women, of options open to women more than a century ago.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in adaptations that add little to the original beyond an emphasis on Jo's difficulty fitting into gender expectations.

77
During previews
Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You want to see an intelligent modern take on Little Women that reveals Louisa Mae Alcott's intentions & experiences. Nice work by Hamill

Don't see it if You are homophobic or locked into conventional treatment of the text.

Also The staging is far less interesting than that of some of Hamill's othe... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Classic, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You are a fan of book and don't mind adaptation , liked Hammils other works

Don't see it if You're expecting Austen humor or pace, this is darker and slow...crying out for some comedy or light...but that's not Alcott.

75
During previews
Romantic, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You love the story and want to see a fairly straightforward retelling.

Don't see it if You're hoping to see a reinvention of the work or the unexpected.

75
During previews
Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if you are a fan of Kate Hamill and/or Little Women. Tone and story aligned with the original novel. Talented acting, clever staging.

Don't see it if you want the energy, pace, and comedy of Kate's "Sense & Sensibility."

70
During previews
Disappointing, Great performances, Well cast, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if A fan of Hamill's work, even though this adaptation falls short, being more fem statement than her usual revelation through reimagining.

Don't see it if A real fan of the original—Jo's rebelliousness is intact but the narrative is truncated, would need a third act to finish. Long night as is.

Also Well cast and nicely staged, the diverse performers bond and create a ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You liked the book. Its interesting to see the story on stage.

Don't see it if You're expecting the same wit and humor as Kate Hamell's preceding plays. This is more of a feminist interpretation.

69
During previews
Bookish, Intelligent, Bold, Slow, Great acting

See it if you want to see some stunning performances. You don’t have an allegiance to the book and thus don’t mind what all they’ve changed.

Don't see it if you hold the text as sacred and expect to see the story you know and love. This takes a lot of dramatic license and doesn’t tell it all.

69
During previews
Tedious, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Kate Hamill is brilliant but she missed the mark with this one.

Don't see it if Ponderous and draggy, this play lacked Ms Hamill's customary spark and wit.


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