From the show:
From the brawny castles of 16th Century France, to the rugged plains of 1960s Idaho, to the strapping fortresses of 1920s India, all hail the remarkable stories of Great Men! — and their whiny, witchy, vapid, vengeful, jealous wives. In this kaleidoscopic, time-hopping comedy, Jaclyn Backhaus pushes past patriarchal cliché to reach an ecstatic breakthrough, untethering stories and history — and language itself — from the visions made by men.
See it if The first 2 scenes were very funny and clever. Great performances.
Don't see it if The 3rd scene had nothing to do with wives, nor with the flow of the other 2. It's absurd, not about wives and very cliched.
See it if to see 4 brave, talented actors yuk it up & try to hold together a trifling historical comedy about the chronic marginalization of women.
Don't see it if u hope for a sharp comedy (or even a mildly funny one!); u expect a play that "subverts patriarchal narrative" to actually feel empowering.
See it if Backhaus' sharp, lazer beam view of history thru "her-story" eyes Funny, poignant, very well acted (esp Adina Verson) it's wildly ambitious
Don't see it if Starts off very strong (esp the 'wives of Earnest Hemingway') w/tart, pungent writing but gets derailed w/spacey female empowerment ending
See it if a series of 4 feminist-themed sketches, 1 of them brilliant, 3 of them not, sounds to you like a worthwhile evening in the theater.
Don't see it if you are looking for play that integrates its parts.
See it if Significant others(not all spouses) frustrated at their oppressive lot in life,cross time periods to make a statement in sketch comedy form.
Don't see it if History books weren't recording them, but the ladies were there, too.Playwright attempts to bring attention and right this wrong, but fails.
See it if you like witty dialogue and some very funny scenes. The play has a lot of potential but it needs work done.
Don't see it if you like a show where all the scenes work together.
See it if You find it absolutely hilarious (like some in the audience) when the women call each other "b*tch" or keep saying the F word over & over.
Don't see it if You can't make any sense (like me) of who these 3 women & 1 guy were supposed to be. 4 different scenes & they're different people in each?
See it if You can get out after the first two vignettes. Steep downhill after that.
Don't see it if As others have noted, the King Henri and Hemingway's wives pieces were mildly amusing.
See it if You like genre-bending, searing comedy that explores gender roles and self-conception across time, place, and culture. Witty writing.
Don't see it if Actors playing multiple characters in different scenes isn't your thing. Non-linear narratives with a clear normative thrust disturb you.
See it if Funny skit of Ernest Hemingway's wives dissing the author and all he represents.But that's just 1/4 of the show.
Don't see it if You don't wanna to see a work very much "in progress". Three SNL skits leading to a very self-indulgent and puzzling finish.
See it if you want to see a history of how females have been held down by men but rise up regardless
Don't see it if you want to see a coherent, fluid show that continually makes sense and is easy to follow
See it if you're into unusual theatrical structures, funny anachronistic scenes & ultimately, a young writer's journey to find a new female narrative.
Don't see it if your bullshit-o-meter is very sensitive - that last scene is one of the more ridiculous, pretentious and laughable things I've seen on stage
See it if you value great acting and can tolerate the loss of focus in the final scenes. The first 2 scenes were on target, well written & executed.
Don't see it if The play loses focus in the penultimate scene and simply goes nutty in the final scene. What a shame. It was so strong up to that point.
See it if U enjoy vignettes about a worthwhile topic of women’s place at 4 different times in history, funny and quirky plays and good ending messages
Don't see it if U enjoy plays with more cohesiveness and u don’t have to spend too much time trying to figure out how it all fits together.
See it if 4 talented actors trying to show female's place in different times and circumstances. Episodes 1,2 are real joy and fun
Don't see it if The last episodes makes to start checking your watch. The logorrhea is cute only for babies who just learned to talk not for the actors
See it if Interesting concept that starts off as a great deal of fun with witty banter and for me falters in end, not living up to PH AD's description
Don't see it if Want a play that maintains it's level of entertainment and fun right to the end. I understand what ending was meant to do, for me it didn't.
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