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The Fight

From 6 critic and 2 member reviews
Members say: Excruciating, Great acting, Banal, Overrated, Intelligent

About the show

The Storm Theatre Company presents this timely new play that explores what drove America's two most influential feminists of the 1960s and 1970s to fight established thinking -- and each other. More…

'The Fight' spotlights the battles that convulsed modern feminism, both outside the movement and within it. Based on dozens of interviews and vast amounts of research, it is inspired by the actual events. Bringing to light previously untold and deeply personal stories along with buried scandals from these pivotal years of the Second Wave, the play addresses vital issues from that era and today.

Edge New York

"Three of the finest performances in one of year's best new plays...Storm Theatre's flawless, economical production...left this reviewer questioning everything she thought she knew about the origins of feminism...A heady and historical piece of entertainment that Leaf has crafted without recourse to exposition or any lags in pace...Its casting is inspired, with a play and players that fit each other like a glove. Each actress seems born to originate her role." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

“Yet another fine play by Jonathan Leaf. ‘The Fight’ is a powerful and thoughtful exploration of feminism...Leaf’s play is crafted with meticulous research, flawless subtext, and circumstances that resonate with personal and social significance in our present society...The seamless transitions and quick dialogue keep the play moving forward at brisk pace. Peter Dobbins’ direction feels dynamic and thoughtful. Everything about this compelling production is powerful.” Full Review


"Ambitious, passionate, and intriguing...Playwright Jonathan Leaf’s prodigious research, accomplished dramatic construction, and clever device of threading a mystery throughout the events make the play quite engrossing...Finely written and performed, 'The Fight' is unfortunately hampered by its low-budget physical production...Director Peter Dobbins’ resourceful staging makes the best use of the confined square playing area." Full Review

National Review

"A lean, tense, contrarian new play...Leaf’s take on two defining personalities of second-wave feminism — Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan — makes sense. This is a vital play...Leaf’s concise play doesn’t waste a moment as it shifts back and forth in time to build a picture of loathing between the two women as well as a certain ambiguity about what really happened...Leaf’s play is perfectly timed, expertly crafted drama that functions as an important cultural corrective." Full Review


“Deftly directed by Peter Dobbins, Leaf's meticulously researched play explores the ideological and personal conflicts within Second Wave feminism...Leaf excels at the sustained, careful exposition of concepts and characters through sharp, realistic dialogue...If you're looking for easy answers, in the form of a heroine and a villainess, you won't find them in 'The Fight.' Leaf presents the evidence and lets the audience decide who, if anyone, has a legitimate claim to the moral high ground.” Full Review

Broadway Blog

“Leaf’s full-length drama asks the question, 'What is feminism?' If this were really the central inquiry, which it is not, it may want to include more voices...Where there could be humor, there is instead a slightly predatory vibe. It is almost campy. When the big reveals come out in the final few scenes, they do not feel earned, in part because both Steinberg and Margolies become less appealing as the play progresses, and Schultz lacks the tenacity of a reporter driving at the truth.” Full Review

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Your interested in the history of the women's rights movement. There may be a lot of truth in this fictionalize presentation.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear about the women's right issues in the 60's and 70's

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You want to see a poorly written show that had so much potential

Don't see it if You are expecting to really learn something about the feminist movement

Cast & Creatives (11)