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 you like feminist plays & unexpected twists, learn why women feel so unempowered, like non-linear plots that jump in time, odd happenings
Don't see it if you need a linear plot following same characters, shocked by ill-treatment o women, yearning to stand up on your own& living for who you are
See it if 1st several scenes where famous/not-so-famous historical wives rendered like TV “Real Housewives” amusing at times; cast better than script
Don't see it if skits are thin & jokey; final “woman let me roar” scene is tedious & sophomoric
See it if you can. This is a wildly entertaining show that manages to both split your sides and crack your mind wide open.
Don't see it if you're expecting something stuffy and buttoned up. This show's raucous energy manages to bolster the dramatic punch it packs.
See it if Four time period about women in comedy form (modern language).
Don't see it if Light weight show. Ending does not fit.
Also Enjoyed watching but the last scene it did not fit in the show to me.
See it if you enjoy good acting, funny & witty moments; interesting take on the treatment of women through the years; some laugh out loud moments.
Don't see it if you are looking for consistency amongst the three vignettes; third vignette seems out of place; don't appreciate satire or lots of cursing.
See it if 4 interrelated, skit-like shorts by Backhaus; 1 w/ a hilarious Hemingway parody that will be most appreciated by women who love Hemingway.
Don't see it if you’ve no tolerance for affected irreverence. Too little time to develop intimacy that would make the serious parts authentically impactful.
See it if A mixed bag. The stories of 3 wives at different eras. Some vignettes worked and were entertaining. Game performances.
Don't see it if Others did not. A bit confusing as to who was who. The vignette at "Oxbridge" University was a little too obvious.
See it if you like entertaining theater that furthers the cause of liberating women from patriarchal stereotypes.
Don't see it if you don't like to be preached to in a show that presents it's message in a fairly one dimensional, stereotypical way.
See it if The show begins brightly and absorbingly with a fresh look at history that might have been had women been in charge.
Don't see it if The end bogs down in self-indulgent, even embarrassing, rant on womenhood, motherhood and feminism. Even a feminist will have issues with it
See it if 4 short vignettes of the theme of "wives" throughout times. Quirky style - eg modern language in a 1600's setting.
Don't see it if You want one cohesive story. 3 of the 4 vignettes work well, but the 4th goes so far off that it breaks the unity of the show.
See it if Explorations in breaking the patriarchal narrative and norms with a historic, colonized not-only Western lens.Some entertaining wacky points
Don't see it if Mishmash of times, contexts, ideas, and acting styles can get confusing / too norm-breaking, subversive.
See it if Clever and fun look at women through the eras-- four short segues through time with singing dancing a lot of irreverence, some humor and
Don't see it if some piercing insights. The sets were magical and oh so clever, but the four vignettes were inconsistent and got a ittle plodding at the end
See it if You want broad comedy, female bonding, very good performances, and what felt like sketch comedy from Carol Burnett. Unevenly entertaining.
Don't see it if You want a tonal consistency. The final scene was so jarring from the rest. This isn’t wrong—I just hated it. There is comedy, drama...
See it if you want to see a very, very funny opening scene even though it goes downhill from there; you like seeing 4 actors play different parts;
Don't see it if you expect to enjoy all four scenarios;
See it if If you really want to support a play that has some interesting ideas but doesn't succeed in realizing them.
Don't see it if you prefer work that is more disciplined, insightful and clear-headed.
See it if You’re interested in a work that explores women’s roles & portrayals in history (great Hemingway wives sketch) in funny unusual ways
Don't see it if Not really a play. Three sketches, the third of which was more a pep talk for women. Never comes full circle (though tries to)
See it if you're looking for a light-weight show about the patriarchy and for tidy little nuggets of feminism through an avant garde theatrical lens
Don't see it if you're expecting a deep meditation on the patriarchy beyond the simplistic thought, "we need to tell our daughters they can be anything!"
See it if You enjoy good acting, staging, lighting in a well written fun play about the plight of being a woman. Very entertaining.
Don't see it if You are a male chauvinist.
See it if You are a Playwrights Horizons subscriber or have scheduled to usher for it and don't want to cancel. You are a fan of Adina Verson.
Don't see it if You don't want to watch a bunch of sketches and spin their wheels and make no point. An ending that is confusing and entirely dissatisfying
See it if you are interested in knowing how things may have been different over time if women were in charge.
Don't see it if I found it to be tedious and could not wait for it to end.
See it if you enjoy creative, well-acted, nicely-staged, funny shows that provide a clever look at women in history and raise good feminist issues.
Don't see it if you can't deal with a play that starts off well but goes somewhat downhill as the show progresses and culminates with a disjointed final act
See it if You feel that women have always been overshadowed by the men in their lives, but can look at this situation with a sense of humor.
Don't see it if You are looking for high drama, as opposed to light treatment of a serious problem (women's suppression by men).
See it if You want to see an exploration of human behavior soul searching interesting
Don't see it if You want to confront a troublesome subject
See it if you want to support Playwrights Horizons entirely, and not just their hits.
Don't see it if you need a coherent through-line or something with a little modesty/humility.