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?.
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.