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Little Women

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Members say: Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Slow, Intelligent

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?.

Member Reviews (138)


Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Slow, Intelligent
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Interpretive, Interesting, Uneven, Good acting, Disappointing

See it if you want to see an adaptation of the classic 19th Century novel seen through a 21st Century lens; you appreciate Hamill's work.

Don't see it if you are an Alcott purist or unwilling to accept a modern, progressive interpretation (albeit still set in its original period) of the novel.

Also Whereas Louisa May Alcott blurred the boundaries between Jo's desire t... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Great to see a writer perform. Color blind casting works Nice revision. . Kristolyn Lloyd on her way to super-stardom.

Don't see it if You need "without alterations". You want to wait for the musical version next season. At our viewing the new performer was still on book.

Lugubrious charmless, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you like the book, enjoy literary adaptations for the stage, enjoy actors in multiple roles/playing much younger & a strong woman focus

Don't see it if not a Alcott fan, expect more warmth & sentiment between the characters, don't enjoy non-traditional casting, overemphasis on Jo

Resonant, Profound, Romantic, Quirky, Funny

See it if you like stories of conflicted people or misfits, or appreciate empowered, female characters.

Don't see it if romantic dramedies aren't your thing.

Refreshing, Great staging, Heartwarming, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a well acted and heartwarming play about four very individual young women growing up and interacting with each other.

Don't see it if you like a sophisticated drama or don't like old fashioned stories.

Also Jo has certainly been updated a bit but this story has some very power... Read more Read less

Great acting

See it if You want to see an ADAPTATION (not the original) where Jo dresses as a man (suit & mustache) and explores gender identity issues.

Don't see it if You want to see the original Little Women, as this is not it.

Interesting take on old classic

See it if You are open to new versions of old classics.

Don't see it if If you are a purist.

Refreshing, Uneven, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you’d enjoy a look at Little Women how it was probably intended, before Alcott’s publisher forced some more traditional rewrites.

Don't see it if you don’t want to see one of theater’s finest, most versatile actors - Kristolyn Lloyd - give another accomplished turn.

Intelligent re-envisioning of a classic, Humorous, Thoughtful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if a fan of Kate Hamill’s acting and work (that is, her tendency to take classic literature and give it a humorous yet intelligent spin).

Don't see it if you're expecting a precise version of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868-69 classic. Hamill’s work likes to twist (and shout in) the iconic moments.

Also Little Women casts playwright Kate as eldest sister Meg March and find... Read more Read less

Pushed the envelope too far, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if If you are a fan of the novel to the point that you care about every possible variation of a theme, have at it.

Don't see it if If you are bringing children to expose them to one of your favorite classic novels, you may have a problem with Jo being dressed as a man.

Also While I am not a fan of what I consider political correctness to the p... Read more Read less

Intense, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You admire Kate Hamill & won't be disappointed with a rather dour interpretation of Little Women. I had thought better of the March sisters

Don't see it if Your memory of Little Women is a happier one. Yes, Amy is spoiled, but where is the love that united them.

Engaging, Refreshing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoyed Little Women in any form and want to revisit; you like period plays;

Don't see it if you prefer musicals; you have no interest in seeing Louisa May Alcott's novel come to life

Distorted, Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you know "Little Women" and consider it hopelessly dated and in need of re-writing.

Don't see it if you know "Little Women" , love it, and think it is a classic because it has characters and situations that are universal & timeless.

Also We are in the middle of an epidemic of "adaptations" in which we are g... Read more Read less

Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you have a literary background or just love the classic novel

Don't see it if you are expecting conventional casting or are bored by Victorian literature

Jo march as a bull-dyke in male drag - who-da-thunk-it, Disappointing, Surprising, Manic energy vs character development, Victorian classic gets a radical adaptation

See it if you did not love the Victorian original by Louise May Alcott & were eager for Kate Hamill's radical departures in plot & characterizations

Don't see it if you prefer fidelity to the original novel; you're a fan of open casting that makes sisters look like they were born in different countries

Also If you prefer Kate Hamill's radical departure from Louisa May Alcott, ... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like a classic done with a little modernization.

Don't see it if You like classics without any changes or like comedies

Overrated, Fluffy, Dated, Cliched

See it if You are a fan of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women! The book and movie were much better. Why does everything have to be so POLITICAL?

Don't see it if You think you are going to see a true adaptation of the book! Everything is me too!

Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Great staging, Funny

See it if Enjoy remakes of old classics that take liberties with the story to accommodate politically correct themes of contemporary society

Don't see it if Cannot countenance the liberty taken with classic gems

Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You really like the book

Don't see it if You're looking for a relevant or illuminating piece of theatre

Smart, sane, perky and so well acted and smartly staged,, Interesting and compelling., I don't get the lack of love for this great show!

See it if Somewhat adapted for a new age, but not radically re-formatted, this needs to be enjoyed. Kate Hamill has done it well again!

Don't see it if You require an absolute, in the box retelling of the story. You're a dolt.

Also It maintains a great heart and soul, while not being to syrupy. Just g... Read more Read less

Classic, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you love Little Women and/or Kate Hamill's writing. I like the cast. The story was more vague in areas than I am used to.

Don't see it if don't like Little Women or Hamill's style. Sometimes I felt like too many liberties taken but I enjoyed the show over all.

Great acting, Slow, Banal

See it if You want two very different acts.

Don't see it if You want a show that grabs your attention. It was work sitting to the end.

Intelligent, Fluffy, Dated, Delightful

See it if you'd like to see the classic story in a very similar way to how it is told in the original novel with a diverse cast

Don't see it if if you're hoping for an interesting, edgy take on the original story.

Also Hamill takes the character of Jo a step forward with her non-binary/tr... Read more Read less

Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Banal, Absorbing

See it if You want to revisit this streamlined classic. Production highlights the feminism of the original work.

Don't see it if You find Jo March annoying. She’s doubly so here. Beth is exponential as well

Great writing, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy interesting family dramas with outstandingly portrayed and acted leads. See a dated piece of literature with an excellent rewrite.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy family dramas and literature that has been revised and refreshed to meet the needs of the 2019 theatre goer..

June 4th, 2019
“Lloyd makes a charming and entirely sympathetic Jo...There’s a peculiar lack of warmth to Lapine’s production as a whole...These Marches don’t feel much like a unit, and the first act, performed with too-manic energy, is hobbled by our not knowing most of them in any depth...The play is more fro...
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June 4th, 2019
"Reimagines Alcott's beloved 19th-century coming-of-age tale through a modern lens...During the play’s first fabulous act, director Sarna Lapine keeps the episodic tale moving swiftly and smoothly as the cast leans into the humor without sacrificing the heart. Act II, by comparison, seems rushed ...
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June 5th, 2019
“Hamill’s ‘Little Women’ is trying to make the old feel new...and, frustratingly, it’s trying both way too hard and not hard enough...Its characters reduced either to one-dimensional conveyors...or to mouthpieces for modern indignation...The constant hammering home of the play’s big — and relati...
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June 12th, 2019
"If you're going to do 'Little Women,' you've got to come up with something fresh to say about it, something this production doesn't really do...The playwright's approach hammers the characters into two-dimensional figures...This is an aimless entertainment that dutifully makes its points without...
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