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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 (137)


Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Slow, Intelligent
Avg Score

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
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
Intelligent, Great acting, Delightful

See it if Nice show with good cast,you are not bored, and feel like everything what is on stage is for real. Delightful performance by Kristolyn Lloyd

Don't see it if Costume play feels dated for you.7 min walk to B,F,D train is too long;everything that has no sex imitation or curses is not interesting

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
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
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 your grandmother’s little women; whether you consider that good or bad may depend on who your grandmother was

See it if you love the book, but don’t object to “reexamining cultural touchstones from new angles” (per program note). Lloyd and Mann both very good.

Don't see it if you don’t want to see a 21st-century sensibility imposed on a 19th-century classic, or if your favorite character is Fritz Baer.

During previews
Good acting. promising, but unfulfilling. attempted relevance.

See it if You are a Kate Hamill fan-as I am. You want to see a different take on Little Women.

Don't see it if You expect the same exquisite takes from Hamill as with Sense and Sensibility and Vanity Fair. You are a traditionalist re: Little Women.

Also This is the fourth Hamill adaptation I've seen and I am sorry that I f... 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.

During previews
Ambitious, Slow, Relevant, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy Kate Hamill's previous takes on classic works. You want to see a different, condensed interpretation of Little Women.

Don't see it if you want to see an accurate depiction of Little Women. You're expecting something as funny and romantic as Pride & Prejudice.

Also I came in with only a summary of Little Women and one viewing of the 1... Read more Read less

During previews
Must see, Intelligent, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a "period piece" speak to a modern world with suability and intelligence. A beautiful, must-see production.

Don't see it if You want a musical or a traditional retelling of a classic.

During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Interesting, clever take on the book. If you liked the old Bedlam

Don't see it if You want a faithful adaptation

Also The last 2 Bedlam productions have been awful. This is a where to look... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you loved Little Women andwant to see a very sweet show. I particularly enjoyed the parrot.

Don't see it if you did not like the book Little women.

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).

During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Resonant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You are a fan of the book.

Don't see it if You want an abrupt unsatisfying ending.

During previews
Boring, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to see a true adaptation of the book.

Don't see it if you believe brevity is the soul of wit. 2.5 hrs of sloooow. Disappointing book, directing, costumes & chemistry.

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.

During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid, Overrated, Slow

See it if You will see everything by Kate Hamill even if it’s poorly written and shrilly acted and not true to the book Little Women

Don't see it if You love Little Women and don’t want to see a poorly performed sophomoric production

During previews
Overrated, Cliched, Slow, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if you have patience, tolerance & desire enough to see a classic tale brought to life onstage!

Don't see it if you loved Sense & Sensibility, Vanity Fair, etc. & the amazing staging b/c this show does not have that. Also it's very slow-moving, boring

Also flat, & doesn't engage the audience. Only the short scene with the act... Read more Read less

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

During previews
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if Little Women was one of your favorite books and you are curious to see how it works as a play and how it speaks to our time.

Don't see it if You prefer not to have a classic work of literature reframed to illuminate some of the contemporary challenges of gender and identity.

During previews
Occasional brilliance, Baffling, So much wtf, Disappointing

See it if you refuse to believe Kate Hamill could ever get it so wrong

Don't see it if you're able to take a warning

Also After "Vanity Fair" and "Pride & Prejudice" turned me into a voracious... Read more Read less

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.

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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