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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Semi-comedic, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if If you found the movie and tv versions to be disappointing and want new takes on the principal characters

Don't see it if You don’t want to see broad, almost campy humor injected into this classic.


See it if You enjoy new interpretations of classics. It was a serious play, unlike other Kate Hamill works. The set worked well in this small theatre.

Don't see it if You will not understand it if you don’t know this story. If you’re a purist, stay away.

Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You are a huge fan of Alcott and open to seeing quirky adaptation of her novel. See it if you liked Hamill’s other plays.

Don't see it if You don’t like rushed portrayals of difficult themes, if you’re a purist, if you’re bent on seeing Jo by the book

During previews
Dizzying, Overrated, Slow, Banal

See it if If you want to see a watered down classic that gets both slow and confusing.

Don't see it if If you like a classic as is. A well directed play that stats on par with origibal.

During previews
Dated, Relevant, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if Hamill's adapt of classic Americana novel of female coming of age is dry & sedate despite several winning performances & poignant moments

Don't see it if Actors in their 20's playing adolescents grows irritating very quickly in long 1st act Interesting 2nd act far too short Unfocused direction

During previews
Confusing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a stripped down, re-imagined version of a classic story with references to modern issues.

Don't see it if You want to see Alcott's Little Women: other than the names & basic plot pts, it barely resembles the classic story.

Also What a disappointment!! If you're going to alter the story this much, ... Read more Read less

During previews
Corny, Uneven, Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You are a fan of Kate Hamill and need to see everything she does.

Don't see it if You saw Sense and Sensibility and are expecting a show of that superb quality. Unfortunately this is nowhere near the quality.

During previews
Slow, Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You have seen everything Hamill has done and want to continue that trend. You want an okay play that tells a story admirably well.

Don't see it if You want Hamill's signature fun and unique interpretation. Only one scene made me go "Oh, THAT'S her work" everything else was fairly banal.

During previews
Great acting, Slow, Bipolar, Revisionist, Disappointing

See it if are a Kate Hamill completist and want to see who wins when she tackles Alcott.

Don't see it if expect another Sense & Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice or if you want a treatment respectful of Alcott that doesn't take huge liberties.

Also Kristolyn Lloyd as Jo and Nate Mann as Laurie make strong impressions.... Read more Read less

During previews
Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you love Little Women and you want to see every incarnation of it in existence.

Don't see it if If you don't want to see gender exploration between Laurie and Jo and ill finally "get" why they don't end up together.

Also I had heard so much about Kate Hamill's production of Pride and Prejud... Read more Read less

During previews
Trying hard to be modern, Slow transitions, Disappointing

See it if you're a fan of the novel and want to see it interpreted in a modern way.

Don't see it if you're expecting a strict adaptation of the novel.

During previews
Fluffy, Great acting

See it if Good acting...boring play

Don't see it if You like the :-)n

During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Intelligent

See it if you want an exploration of little women if Jo is not a strong willed woman but a gender no conforming individual.

Don't see it if you would like a more traditional take, don't like the insertion of feminist rants that undermine characters.

Also The update and modernaziation is interesting and if I was highly famil... Read more Read less

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.

During previews
But still moving, Disappointing, Preachy, Slow

See it if you like stories about stories, and about loss/change/letting go, and don’t mind that it’s currently a bit slow and unpolished

Don't see it if you want slapstick comedy of the variety of Hamill’s previous adaptations, or disagree with a slightly stronger take on Jo/gender than usual

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.

During previews
Not the spirit of the book, Boring, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want to see every production of Little Women on the planet,or everything Kate Hamill does.

Don't see it if You are seeking a play that is entertaining or that captures the spirit of the original.

Also The book does a much more nuanced job of treating gender role issues. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Heavy-handed, Witty, Clever

See it if You like to see classic texts adapted to highlight hot-button contemporary issues.

Don't see it if You want a faithful adaptation of the source material. If you like subtlety in your modern parallels. You plan to stay for both acts.

Also I enjoyed Act 1 quite a lot. I found it pretty witty and charming, and... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you LOVE the book. Pretty straight retelling. Seemed dated and slow to me.

Don't see it if you are hoping to see something clever and different like other Ms. Hamil's plays.

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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