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 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 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 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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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
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.
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.